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The report provides the comprehensive risk assessment of the substance 4,4'- Methylenedianiline. It has been prepared by Germany in the frame of Council Regulation (EEC) No. 793/93 on the evaluation and control of the risks of existing substances, following the principles for assessment of the risks to man and the environment, laid down in Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1488/94. The assessments are coordinated by the European Chemicals Bureau of the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, within the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

The evaluation considers the emissions and the resulting exposure to the environment and the human populations in all life cycle steps. Following the exposure assessment, the environmental risk characterisation for each protection goal in the aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric compartment has been determined. For human health the scenarios for occupational exposure, consumer exposure and humans exposed via the environment have been examined and the possible risks have been identified.

The human health risk assessment for 4,4'-Methylenedianiline concludes that there is at present concern for workers and consumers. For humans exposed via the environment the risk assessment concludes that a risk cannot be excluded, though the risk is not of a magnitude that additional risk reduction measures are necessary. The environmental risk assessment for 4,4'-Methylenedianiline concludes that there is at present a need for further information in order to characterise the risks for the aquatic ecosystem, while no concern for the atmosphere, terrestrial ecosystem and for micro-organisms in the sewage treatment plant was concluded.

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Authors: HANSEN B G ET AL (EDITORS), European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, European Chemicals Bureau, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19727 EN (2001), pp.116. Euro: 14.50
Availability: EUR-OP reference: LB-NA-19727-EN-C Available from EUR-OP sales agents. URL: Available free of charge online at:
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-0484-1
Record Number: 200214860 / Last updated on: 2002-07-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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