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Environmental prioritisation of low production volume substances

Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) screening of low production volume substances.

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Environmental prioritisation of low production volume substances under REACH: PBT screening

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Environmental prioritisation of low production volume substances under REACH: PBT screening

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The Environment Agency screened and prioritised a list of almost 8000 substances believed to be produced or imported into Europe by individual companies in the range 10 to 1000 tonnes/year (so-called ‘low production volume’ substances). The aim was to fill a gap left by ongoing efforts at the European level to identify ‘substances of very high concern’ under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation.

The particular focus of this report is on chemicals that are potentially ‘persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic’ (PBT), using prioritisation principles developed by the UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum (UKCSF). This working list will be used to help set priorities for future work by the UK Government (and elsewhere in Europe), including the UKCSF, and for industrial companies as they prepare for registration and test plan development under REACH.

Published 1 March 2010