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Toxic Substances in Articles

The Need for Information

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The use of toxic chemicals in articles is a growing concern for public health and the environment. International trade results in substances being transported among regions. From toys and household items to electronic equipment and automobiles, toxic substances in articles are an increasingly important factor contributing to the global burden of toxic substances. Toxic substances in articles may pose threats at every stage of the product life cycle - production, use, and disposal or recycling. In this report, we consider a factor that is critical for the sound management of substances in articles: the availability of information. At present, there is no global system for provision of information about substances in a wide range of articles. First, the report describes the problem of toxic substances in articles, with detailed case studies of selected examples and considers the advantages that would result from better information management systems. Second, the report considers existing efforts to generate and disseminate information about substances in articles, both regulatory requirements and voluntary initiatives. Third, the report offers suggestions as to the questions and themes that would need to be considered in order to improve management of information about substances in articles.

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Scope and Definitions

This report considers the problem of toxic substances in articles, and the options for addressing it via improved collection, management, and dissemination of information. In this discussion, we rely upon the definition of the term article found in the EU chemicals regulation, REACH. According to this definition, an article is “an object which during production is given a special shape, surface or design which determines its function to a greater degree than its chemical composition.” Examples of articles range from automobile tires to electronic equipment to toys.

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