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The report provides the comprehensive risk assessment of the substance acrylamide. It has been prepared by the United Kingdom in the frame of Council Regulation (EEC) No. 793/93 on the evaluation and control of the risks of existing substances.

The evaluation considers the emissions and the resulting exposure to the environment and the human populations, and also provides an environmental risk characterisation for each protection goal in the aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric ecosystem. For human health the scenarios for occupational exposure, consumer exposure and humans exposed via the environment have been examined.

The human health risk assessment for acrylamide concludes that there is at present concern for workers and humans exposed via the environment. For consumers the risk assessment concludes that a risk cannot be excluded as the substance is identified as a non-threshold carcinogen. The risks though are low and this should be taken into account when considering the feasibility and practicability of further specific risk reduction measures. The risk assessment for the environment concludes that there is at present concern for aquatic ecosystem, while no concerns were identified for atmosphere, terrestrial ecosystem and for microorganisms in the sewage treatment plant from sources of acrylamide covered by Regulation 793/93. However, more information is needed about the toxicity of acrylamide to terrestrial organisms for use of acrylamide-based grouts in construction applications.

The conclusions of this report will lead to risk reduction measures to be proposed by the Commission's Committee on risk reduction strategies set up in support of Council Regulation (EEC) 793/93.

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 19835 EN (2002), pp.210. Euro: 32.50
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 92-894-1250-X
Record Number: 200215655 / Last updated on: 2002-12-05
Original language: en
Available languages: en