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The report provides the comprehensive risk assessment of the substance acrylic acid. 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 human health risk assessment for acrylic acid concludes that there is a concern for workers. For consumers and human exposed via the environment the risk assessment concludes that there is at present no concern. The risk assessment for the environment concludes that there is concern for the aquatic ecosystem, and a need for further information on risks for microorganisms in the sewage treatment plant. The information requirement is postponed since risk reduction measures to protect surface water will also protect municipal wastewater treatment plants.

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 19836 EN (2003), pp.126.
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: 92-894-1272-0
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