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What about Banned Molecules?

SpecialChem / Mar 26, 2008

Molecules can be banned for various reasons (See Figure 'Ban-Origins'): human risks, carcinogenic, mutagenic, reproductively-toxic effects; pollution of air, water, land; persistent, bio-accumulative substances; greenhouse effect. Ban can be total or partial depending on the countries and applications. In Europe, chemicals are subjected to REACH that identifies several families of substances according to the proved or assumed toxic and polluting effects, for example: 1. CMR: Abbreviation for Carcinogenic, Mutagenic, Reproductively-toxic. Only those for which there is a high level of evidence of health damage to humans are subject to authorisation under REACH. 2. PBTs: Substances of very high concern that are persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic. Those substances may become subject to Authorisation as a priority. 3. POPs: The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) sets out to control the production, use, import, export, disposal and release of twelve POPs.

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