PBT-assessment in the EU - an Overview

PBT-assessment in the EU - an Overview

Till Müller and Christine Werth
knoell Germany GmbH

PBT/ vPvB substances are defined as substances which are Persistent (P), Bioaccumulative (B) and Toxic (T) or very Persistent (vP) and very Bioaccumulative (vB). Based on these properties these substances are unwanted in the environment as they are supposed to have long term adverse impacts based on their properties.

At present, the goal preventing exposure of humans and the environment to PBT/ vPvB substances is shared among all EU regulatory frameworks. However, the technical criteria, assessment procedures and the subsequent regulatory follow up partly depend on the regulatory framework under which the substance is evaluated, leading to differences in results and regulatory action.

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