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Poison centre notification

A large number of products that contain chemical mixtures are placed on the EU market and used by the general public and professionals in their everyday lives and working environments. Generally, chemical products are considered to be safe if their use instructions are followed. However, inappropriate use or accidents can cause unintentional exposure and, in this case, immediate access to relevant information on the chemical product is crucial for medical staff and emergency responders. In order to have this information…

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(Q)SARs

Structure-activity relationship (SAR) and quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) models, collectively referred to as (Q)SARs, are mathematical models that can be used to predict the properties of compounds based on knowledge of their chemical structure. The basic principle of (Q)SARs is that chemical substances that are structurally similar will have similar properties, which could include physicochemical, biological, toxicological and environmental-fate properties. In the context of plant protection products under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 and the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) Regulation (EU) 528/2012,…

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Biocidal product risk assessments

We are often asked whether a similar approach can be taken to conducting a risk assessment for a Biocidal product as for a plant protection product. The first observation we would make is that biocidal product risk assessments have a high variability in approach in contrast to the generally more harmonised and prescribed approach taken to plant protection products risk assessments. Given that biocidal products are very diverse in nature, it is crucial to identify the correct pathway for the…

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