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Concise International Chemical Assessment Documents (CICADS)

Two CICADs (for triglicidyl isocyanurate and HCFC-123) prepared by NICNAS have been adopted as international assessments. NICNAS also intends to use CICAD hazard assessments in future priority existing chemical assessments.

 

Concise, informative documents that provide summaries of the relevant scientific information concerning the potential effects of chemicals upon human health and/or the environment, CICADs are published under the International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS) — a cooperative programme of the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The CICAD program makes national assessment documents easily available – particularly to developing countries. The objective of CICADs is to reduce duplication and make more efficient use of limited resources.


CICADs join the Environmental Health Criteria documents (EHCs) as authoritative documents (they undergo extensive peer review by internationally selected experts to ensure their completeness, accuracy in the way in which the original data are represented, and the validity of the conclusions drawn) on the risk assessment of chemicals and are based on selected national or regional assessment documents or on existing EHCs.

 

The primary objective of CICADs is characterization of hazard and dose-response from exposure to a chemical. CICADs are not a summary of all available data on a particular chemical They include only that information considered critical for characterization of the risk posed by the chemical. The critical studies are, however, presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions drawn.

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