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Abstract

A standardised test method is needed for assessing the potential toxicity of construction products in contact with drinking water (CPDW) in Europe. Two types of toxicity towards human cells exist: a metabolic toxicity and a generic toxicity. Metabolic toxicity refers to the ability of a molecule to interact reversibly with cellular functions and to create disturbances, which can eventually lead to the death of the cell. Genotoxic agents have the capacity to interact directly or indirectly with the genetic material of the cell and to generate changes within it. Also, it is of public interest to prevent consumers from being exposed to toxic chemicals and to widely develop toxicity analysis. To achieve this goal, the characteristics, the advantages and the drawbacks of the two existing European standards have been discussed.

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Authors: MARCOS R, ;WESTPHAL H, ;HOEKSTRA E J, ;ENKIRI F, Centre de Recherche et de Controle des Eaux de Paris, Paris (FR);COLLE D, Centre de Recherche et de Controle des Eaux de Paris, Paris (FR);PHILIPPE M, Centre de Recherche et de Controle des Eaux de Paris, Paris (FR);NEVEU P, Centre de Recherche et de Controle des Eaux de Paris, Paris (FR);GRUMMT T, Umweltbundesamt, Berlin (DE);MATTHEWS C, Thames Water, Swindon (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21397/1 EN (2004), 94 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9893 Fax: +39 033278 5409 E-mail: jrc-publications-office@ec.europa.eu or Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32 2 295 76 24 Fax: +32 2 299 63 22
Record Number: 200517853 / Last updated on: 2005-01-25
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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