Research objectives and workpackages

INTERFLAME has the following research objectives:

  1. To compile inventories of organic FR usage volumes and applications in participating countries
  2. To explore the utility of forensic microscopy to understand pathways of BFR migration from materials to dust
  3. To harmonise techniques for sampling organic FRs in indoor air and studies of indoor air contamination
  4. To harmonise techniques for sampling indoor dust and studies of indoor dust contamination
  5. To exchange knowledge about analytical chemistry techniques for measuring organic FRs
  6. To pool and interpret international monitoring data to facilitate better understanding of the contribution of indoor exposure to human body burdens
  7. To co-ordinate international efforts to monitor accurately temporal trends in contamination of biota with organic FRs
  8. To work collaboratively towards international complementarity in studies of the metabolism of brominated FRs

Each research objective will be delivered by means of a specific workpackage. Direction for the research conducted within INTERFLAME will be provided by means of 3 workshops involving principal investigators from all partners and held at project outset, its mid-term, and its conclusion. Planning, organisation and hosting of these workshop hubs will be delivered via workpackage 9, alongside workpackage 10 which will address management, communication and dissemination aspects of INTERFLAME.

Work Packages

Work package # Work package title WP Leader Start Month End Month
1 Compilation of inventories of organic FR usage volumes and applications in participating countries UoT 1 36
2 Collaborative studies exploring the utility of microscopy to investigate migration of brominated FRs from materials to dust NIES 1 36
3 Harmonisation of sampling techniques for organic FRs in air and monitoring studies SU 1 36
4 Harmonisation of indoor dust sampling techniques and monitoring studies UB 1 36
5 Knowledge exchange concerning analytical chemistry techniques for measurement of different classes of organic FRs UA 1 36
6 Pooling and interpreting international monitoring data to elucidate better the contribution of indoor exposure to human body burdens UQ 1 36
7 Co-ordinating international efforts to monitor accurately temporal trends in contamination of biota with organic FRs UB 1 36
8 Towards international complementarity in studies of the metabolism of brominated FRs FAOC 1 36
9 Workshop organisation UB 1 36
10 Management, communication and dissemination UB 1 36