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This article describes the history, the legal context and the mechanism of construction of EINECS. It also summarises the most important criteria for inclusion of industrial chemical substances and gives background information on the rationale of decisions regarding this inventory. EINECS serves Community-wide as a legal tool for distinguishing existing from new chemicals. The latter have to be tested before being placed on the market. EINECS, which is fixed in time, includes 100,102 substances, some 18,000 of which are poorly defined (UVCBs).

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Authors: GEISS F ET AL., CEC Bruxelles (BE);TOWN W G, William Town Associated Ltd., Abingdon, Oxon. (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry, Vol. 37 (1992) pp. 21-33
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