Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS

Abstract

The need for information to facilitate environmental and health risk assessment has grown with the increasing awareness of risks associated with production, distribution and use of xenobiotic chemicals. Of particular concern are those chemicals which are produced in large volume, are known to be highly toxic, occur in the environment, have a slow rate of degradation or tend to bioaccumulate or which have combinations of these characteristics. Risk evaluation considers the level of human and environmental exposure and toxicological effects and how, for example, the exposure and effects of exposure compare for chemicals with similar physical properties. ECDIN (The Environmental Chemicals Data Information Network), developed at the Joint Research Centre at Ispra, contains a wide variety of data on chemicals which are being produced by human activity in such amounts as to be potentially of environmental significance, and deals with the spectrum of parameters and properties which could aid in the evaluation of real or potential risks linked to the use of a chemical and its economic and ecological impact. The main purpose of this presentation is to consider ECDIN as a source of information on the occurrence and fate of chemicals in the environment.

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Authors: MCCUTCHEON P, JRC Ispra (IT);BONI M, JRC Ispra (IT);KARCHER W, JRC Ispra (IT);NORAGER O, JRC Ispra (IT);ROI R, JRC Ispra (IT);TRENKLE R, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Aquatic Information Resources - Tools of our Trade, Bremerhaven (DE), October 5-9, 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37124 ORA
Record Number: 199211111 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en