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REACH glossary and abbreviations

C&L

Classification and Labelling

CAS

Chemical Abstract Service

Cefic

European Chemical Industry Council

CLP EU Regulation on the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures

CMRs

Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or Toxic (for reproduction)
Chemicals classified under Directive 67/548)

CSA

Chemical Safety Assessment

CSR

Chemical Safety Report

CSTEE

Scientific Committee on Toxicology, Ecotoxicology and Environment (CSTEE)

DNEL

Derived No-Effect Level

DU

Downstream Users

ECB

European Chemicals Bureau

ECVAM

JRC's European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods

EINECS

List of substances compiled in 1981 that today are considered "existing substances"

ELINCS

European List of Notified Chemical Substances

EMEA

European Medicines Agency

Endocrine disrupters

Substances of very high concern that mimic or inhibit the effects of hormones.

ESIS

European Chemical Substance Information System

EUSES

European Union System for the Evaluation of Substances

GHS

the UN's Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling

GLP

Good Laboratory Practice

HPV

High Production Volume Chemicals

IARC

International Agency for Research on Cancer

ICCA

International Council of Chemical Associations

IFCS

Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety

ILO

International Labour Organisation

in vitro-testing

Studies done with cell or tissue cultures

in vivo -testing

Studies done with live animals

IUCLID

International Uniform Chemical Information Database

IUPAC

International Union for Pure Applied Chemistry

JRC

Joint Research Centre

LCA

Life Cycle Assessment

LOEL

Lowest observed Effect Level

LVP

Low Production Volume Chemicals

MOS

Margins of safety

MS Cas

Member States Competent Authorities

NLP

No-Longer Polymers

NOAEL

No observed adverse effect level

NOEC

No observed effect concentration

NOEL

No observed effect level

ORATS

Online European Risk Assessment Tracking System

OSOR

One Substance, One Registration

OSPAR

Oslo - Paris Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North East Atlantic

PBT

Persistent, Bio-accumulative and Toxic

PEC

Predicted environmental concentration

PIC

Prior Informed Consent (the Rotterdam Convention of Prior Informed Consent sets up a system to control international trade in certain hazardous substances.

PNEC

Predicted No-Effect Concentration

Polymers

large molecules consisting of repeated chemical units (monomers)

POPs

Persistent Organic Pollutants

PPORD

Product and Process Oriented Research and Development

RA

Risk Assessment

RAR

Risk Assessment Report

REACH

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals

RIPs

REACH Implementation Projects

RMM

Risk Management Measures

SAICM

Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management

SAR (Q)SAR

(Quantitative) Structure Activity Relationship

SDS

Safety Data Sheet - tool for information transfer for all dangerous substances

SEA

Socio-economic analysis

SIDS

Screening Information Data Set

SIEF

Substance Information Exchange Forum

SPORT

Strategic Partnership on REACH Testing

SVHC

Substance of Very High Concern

TGD

Technical Guidance Document

TSCA

Toxic Substance Control Act

UNCED

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development

UNEP

United Nations Environment Programme

UNICE

Union des Industries de la Communauté Européenne

UVCB

Substances of unknown variable composition, complex reaction products or biological materials

vPvB

Very Persistent, Very Bio-accumulative

WTO

World Trade Organisation