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The report provides the comprehensive risk assessment of the substance methyl methacrylate. 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 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 risk assessment for methyl methacrylate concludes that there is at present concern for the environment and for human health. There is a need for specific risk reduction measures beyond those, which are being applied already.

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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 19832 EN (2002), pp. 184;
Availability: Available free of charge online at: A printed version of the report will later be available for sale from EUR-OP sales agents.
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-1253-4
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