Last reviewed 6 June 2019

The European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) has published two more documents in its In a Nutshell series.

The first report is a conceptual framework for polymer risk assessment. It reviews the state-of-the-science polymer grouping and risk assessment procedures and provides guiding principles for assessing potential ecological and human health hazards and risks from polymer products. It takes into consideration that polymers are diverse, versatile and complex, often containing intentionally (and non-intentionally) added substances — and that they can also change their form during different life cycle stages.

The second report reviews the state-of-the-science for the testing of undissolved chemicals, from the nano to the macro scale in aquatic toxicity tests and to identify test methods applicable to the testing of such substances.