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Gambia - Final Regulatory Action
Polychlorinated Terphenyls (PCTs) CAS number:
Date circular:

Chemical name: Terphenyl, chlorinated

Final regulatory action has been taken for the category: Industrial

Final regulatory action: The chemical is Banned

Use or uses prohibited by the final regulatory action:

All uses

Use or uses that remain allowed:

None specified

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

Summary of the final regulatory action:

This industrial chemical is 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.) There were concerns regarding the toxicity nature of the product (based on information obtained from the literature, DGD and WHO classification of hazards). There had been dangers and hazards recorded in other countries. There was a lack of adequate capacity to manage and use the product in the country, and less hazardous alternatives existed.

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

Summary of known hazards and risks to human health:

A low level of awareness with regard to the product is likely to lead to human health problems.

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

The reduction of the potential for health hazards due to exposure to the product.

Summary of known hazards and risks to the environment:

The waste of equipment containing PCTs has a potential to contaminate the water table.

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

The potential for environmental contamination is reduced.

Date of entry into force of the final regulatory action: 09/10/1996