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Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances

Definition - What does Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances mean?

The Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS) is a database that was, until 2001, maintained by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. It is currently maintained by a private company. Access to the database is available for a fee. The information on the database is gathered from open scientific literature, but does not investigate the validity of the studies represented. The database covers six types of toxicity.

Safeopedia explains Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances

The Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances was established in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act, 1970. It was originally known as the Toxic Substances List, and includes toxicological data for more than 150,000 chemicals. The types of toxicity included are as follows:

  • Primary irritation
  • Mutagenic effects
  • Reproductive effects
  • Tumorigenic effects
  • Acute toxicity
  • Other multiple dose toxicity

The Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances is averrable in three languages; English, French and Spanish.

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