The European Commission has published a final report, describing its approach to evaluating the socio-economic impacts of bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substances, subject to authorisation and restriction procedures under REACH.
The report has the following objectives:
- to develop a ready-for-use approach for analysis of the socio-economic impacts of PBT/vPvB substances, taking into account the work done so far. This should allow for grouping, where the impact potential of different substances is expected to be similar, and ranking, to facilitate the read-across or comparative assessment of (socio-economic) impacts;
- to estimate impacts, taking into account intrinsic properties, emission scenarios and their distribution in the different environmental compartments;
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