International Programme on Chemical Safety

Concise International Chemical Assessment Documents

Concise International Chemical Assessment Documents (CICADs) are similar to Environmental Health Criteria (EHC) documents in providing internationally accepted reviews on the effects on human health and the environment of chemicals or combinations of chemicals. They aim to characterize the hazard and dose-response of exposure to chemicals and to provide examples of exposure estimation and risk characterisations for application at the national or local level. They summarise the information considered critical for risk characterisation in sufficient detail to allow independent assessment , but are concise not repeating all the information available on a particular chemical. For more detail readers of individual CICADs are to the original source document for the CICAD (either a national or regional chemical evaluation document or an existing EHC(chemicals series).