Some of the physico-chemical properties which make organosilicon materials so useful commercially also make their ecotoxicity testing difficult using conventional methods. Standard protocols may not be appropriate for testing organosilicon materials, as many of the techniques were developed for water soluble, stable, and chemically distinct substances. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that the first step in ecotoxicity testing be a determination of the physico-chemical properties of the specific materials under scrutiny. In the absence of established protocols, it is advisable to use this information as the basis for discussion with regulatory authorities. This discussion would help in conducting the tests in a manner that yields meaningful scientific results, yet satisfies regulatory requirements.
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- Ecotoxicity Testing Challenges of Organosilicon Materials
R. B. Annelin
- Springer Berlin Heidelberg
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