The need and how to meet it

Today, authorities in different European countries, including Sweden, are frequently referring to results from "new research" in their efforts to regulate or restrict various uses of metals and metal-containing materials. If a balanced and rational decision process should be possible, it is of great importance that the information emanating from new research is readily available for all involved parties, and that this new information has been properly reviewed and evaluated with respect to its scientific quality.

The various scientific papers and other research reports on fluxes, behaviour and effects of trace metals that were produced over the past five to seven years have been published in many different journals, books or report series. Therefore, it is quite difficult to get a good overview over the entire data base and all the relevant aspects covered by the new data. Although a certain number of initiatives are currently taken internationally to compile information on separate trace metals (such as the EU Risk Assessment of zinc and the WHO Environmental Health Criteria documents on copper and zinc) or on specific topics such as the BLM, information is still scattered and difficult to access for those who want a comprehensive overview.

This was one of the major reasons for the Swedish "Metal Information Task Force" (MITF) to take an initiative, in the middle of 2002, of making an update of the previous monographs on metals.

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