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The report provides the comprehensive risk assessment of the substance bis(pentabromophenyl) ether. It has been prepared by France and the UK 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 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 bis(pentabromophenyl) ether concludes that there is at present no concern for workers, consumers or humans exposed via the environment. The risk assessment for the environment concludes that there is a need for further information to characterise the risks for top predators via accumulation up the food chain (secondary poisoning). There is at present no concern for the atmosphere, aquatic ecosystem, terrestrial ecosystem or for microorganisms in the sewage treatment plant.

Additional information

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 20402 EN (2002), pp.282.
Availability: Available free of charge online at: A printed version of the report will later be available for sale from EUR-OP sales agents.
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