EU Risk Assessment Process
The technical reports related to the EU Risk Assessment for DINP were published by the European Commission's European Chemicals Bureau (ECB).
The Risk Assessment was carried out in accordance with Council Regulation (EEC) 793/931 on the evaluation and control of the risks of "existing" substances. The new legislation REACH, which entered into force on 1 June 2007, replaces this piece of legislation.
How was the DINP Risk Assessment conducted?
DINP is one of a small number of substances to undergo a comprehensive EU Risk Assessment under European Union Regulation 793/93. This legislation, which is now replaced by REACH, sets out a framework for the evaluation of the risks to human health and the environment from substances.
Drafting a Risk Assessment Report
Under the legislation, substances were prioritised for risk assessment on the basis of their production volumes. For each prioritised substance, experts from one national government volunteered to draft the European Union’s assessment of the substance. In the case of DINP, France led the EU Risk Assessment drafting process.
France worked with other national experts, industry and other third parties to collate data and draft an assessment of DINP in the form of a draft risk assessment report. This comprehensive assessment of all existing scientific evidence examined the properties of DINP, the levels at which the substance may cause adverse effects and the worse case scenarios of exposure. This assessment of exposure examined both regional exposure levels and exposure via routes such as consumer articles.
The draft report was then agreed by consensus with technical experts from all European Union national governments.
The Risk Assessment Report was then peer-reviewed by the European Union’s highest source of independent scientific advice at that time, the Scientific Committee on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment, which gives its opinion to the European Commission on the quality of the risk assessment.
Conclusions of Report
On the basis of the Risk Assessment Report, the French national experts recommended that there was no need to adopt any further measures than those currently in place to protect human health or the environment. This conclusion was agreed by European Union national governments and the European Commission. The conclusions of the process are available in the Official Journal of the European Union and on the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre website.
The Risk Assessment Report is also presented to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development as a contribution to the Chapter 19, Agenda 21 goals for evaluating chemicals, agreed at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
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