Return to the list
Gambia - Final Regulatory Action
Lindane (gamma-HCH) CAS number:
Date circular:

Chemical name: Cyclohexane, 1,2,3,4,5,6-hexachloro-, (1.alpha.,2.alpha.,3.beta.,4.alpha.,5.alpha.,6.beta.)-

Final regulatory action has been taken for the category: Pesticide

Final regulatory action: The chemical is Banned

Use or uses prohibited by the final regulatory action:

All uses prohibited

The final regulatory action was based on a risk or hazard evaluation: No

Summary of the final regulatory action:

The chemical already designated as a PIC chemical. (Part IV of the national pesticide regulations of 1994 empowers the Board not to register any pesticide that is banned or severely restricted by other countries unless the importer provides sufficient proof that the product can be more safely handled in The Gambia.)
The Product not being used in The Gambia
The toxicity nature of the product (based on information obtained from literature, Decision Guidance Documents (DGDs)
Dangers and hazards recorded in other countries
Lack of adequate capacity to manage and use the product, in the country
Existence of less hazardous alternatives.

The reasons for the final regulatory action were relevant to: Human health and environment

Summary of known hazards and risks to human health:

Farmers, other applicators and the general public are exposed to potential dangers of the product through inhalation and ingestion, by virtue of the low level of awareness that exists.

Expected effect of the final regulatory action in relation to human health:

The reduction of the potentials to health hazards due to exposure to the product.

Summary of known hazards and risks to the environment:

Reduction of the potentials to contamination. The level of awareness of the populace towards this chemical is very low.

Expected effect of the final regulatory action in relation to the environment:

Reduction of risk to human health and the environment, which will impact positively on the health budget.
Reduction in the quantity of the product likely to enter the country.
Reduction in the quantity and therefore of cost, of waste hazardous chemical to be disposed of eventually.

Date of entry into force of the final regulatory action: 17/02/1997