Conceptual framework for polymer safety assessment

The European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals Polymers Task Force has developed a Conceptual Framework for Polymer Risk Assessment (CF4Polymers).  It reviews the state-of-the-science polymer grouping and risk assessment procedures and provides guiding principles for assessing potential ecological and human health hazards and risks from polymer products.

The report takes into consideration that polymers are diverse, versatile and complex, often containing intentionally (and non-intentionally) added substances – and that they can also change their form during different life cycle stages.