Step 3: Producing the short list

The next step was to reduce the long list down to a manageable short list of approximately 25 substances and substance groups that could be assessed in greater detail in the task on the prioritisation of substances.

In Deliverable 4.3 on the Prioritisation strategy and criteria, we had envisaged that we would have significant convergence across nominations and suggested that substances will be selected for the short list on the basis of having been nominated by at least:

  • Nine National Hubs, representing just over a third of the countries; and
  • A member of the EU Policy Board.

In practice, there was less commonality across the nominations than expected, meaning that we had to adapt these criteria:

  • to include all substances and groups prioritised by the EU Policy Board, with the objective of meeting EU knowledge needs for policy support; and
  • to include substances nominated by two or more National Hubs, or by at least one National Hub and one member of the Stakeholder Forum.

According to these criteria, the short list of nominated substances and substance groups includes:

  • Two substances that were nominated by the EU Policy Board, one or more National Hub and members of the Stakeholder Forum;
  • Ten substances that were nominated by the EU Policy Board and one or more National Hub;
  • Seven substances that were nominated just by the EU Policy Board;
  • One substance nominated by more than one National Hub; and
  • Three substances nominated by at least one National Hub and one member of the Stakeholder Forum.