Wherever chemicals are used offshore, the Offshore Chemical Notification Scheme (OCNS) requires a range of ecotoxicological tests to be carried out.
The OCNS suite is a defined range of ecotoxicological tests that are needed to meet the requirements of the OCNS in order to provide sufficient data to allow assessment of potential environmental risk in the marine environment.
The OCNS requires the collection of bioaccumulation, biodegradation, and aquatic toxicity data from three trophic levels (algae, crustacea and fish). This data is used to predict the potential ecosystem risk. This information can then be used to rank the product by Hazard Quotient (HQ).
Further general information regarding the OCNS can be found in the associated information document 'OCNS - Specifications'.
The ecotoxicology tests that Chemex provide to cover the requirements of the OCNS are:
- Bioaccumulation Potential (OECD 107-Shake Flask or OECD 117-HPLC)
- Biodegradation (OECD 306-Closed Bottle or Shake Flask methods or Marine BODIS generally)
- 72 Hour EC50 Alga growth inhibition (Phaeodactylum tricornutum) ISO 10253 2006
- 48 Hour LC50 Marine copepod acute toxicity (Acartia tonsa) – Static ISO 14669 1999
- Marine Fish (Cyprinodon variegatus or Scophthalmus maximus) – Semi-static PARCOM
- 10 Day Sediment Test (Corophium sp) LC50 – Static PARCOM - This is not always required and is dependant on the nature of the sample.
Click on the links to see further information on each individual test.
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