Study maps intentionally added substances in plastics

Scientists investigate plastic monomers, additives, and processing aids for their chemical identity, use, and hazard classification; identify >10,000 chemicals; 24% categorized as substances of potential concern of which the majority is not currently subject to management measures; emphasize information gaps regarding substance properties and uses

First comprehensive overview of market chemicals

Published study analyzes 22 chemical inventories across 19 countries and regions, finds over 350,000 chemicals and mixtures registered globally, three times more than earlier reported; highlights significant data gaps due to ambiguously described chemicals and confidential business information; calls for collaboration to responsibly manage chemicals