Chemical safety and biosafety

Directories and Databases for Chemicals and Biosafety



OECD Existing Chemicals Database

Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR) databases

BioTrack Product Database

OECD List of High Production Volume (HPV) Chemicals

EXICHEM (Existing Chemicals) Pointer Database

OECD's Directory of Nickel-Cadmium Battery Collection Facilities


The OECD initiated in 2004 the development of a global portal to information on chemical substances (eChemPortal) to improve the availability of hazard data on chemicals. In order to make as much information as possible immediately available while the portal is being developed, the present internet site was developed which refers the interested public directly to the participating databases where they use local query functionality to access relevant data.


The status of all chemicals within the process of investigation in the OECD Cooperative Chemicals Assessment Programme is recorded in the Existing Chemicals Database. It contains the list of all OECD HPV chemicals together with any annotations on each chemical which has been provided by Member countries to the Secretariat. Each chemical is identified as to exactly which stage it is at in the assessment process, and for those chemicals which have already been selected for sponsoring. Once the assessment of a chemical is finalised it shows the conclusions and recommendation of the assessment. A link to internet pages where completed assessments can be downloaded is also included.


A PRTR is a key tool governments are using to provide data to the public about potentially toxic releases to the environment. A PRTR is a database or register of the quantities of potentially harmful chemicals, reported by facilities, which are released to air, water and soil and/or transferred off-site for treatment. The Resource Centre for RETs provides a clearinghouse of guidance manuals/documents of release estimation techniques for the principal pollutant release and transfer registries developed by OECD member countries. The purpose of the Centre for PRTR Data is to share PRTR data as widely as possible within the OECD area. PRTR data included in this database is compiled on a national or regional level. The database does not include PRTR data of individual sites of facilities.


The objective of this database is to allow regulatory officials in the OECD member countries to easily share basic information on products derived from the use of modern biotechnology, as well as some products with novel traits acquired by the use of conventional breeding or mutagenesis, that have been approved for commercial application in terms of food, feed or environmental safety.


The OECD List of HPV Chemicals serves as the overall priority list from which chemicals are selected for SIDS data gathering and testing and initial hazard assessment. It is compiled by the Secretariat on the basis of regular submissions by Member countries reporting those industrial chemicals for which a Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) Registry Number had been assigned and which are produced or imported at levels greater than 1000 tonnes per year.


The EXICHEM database is a pointer system on current, planned and completed activities on existing chemicals in OECD Member countries and other relevant bodies. It provides information for the OECD Member countries on who is doing what with which chemicals in order to assist countries to identify opportunities for co-operation on specific activities on existing chemicals and to avoid duplication of work. As a result, the EXICHEM database also contributes to animal welfare.


This directory lists collection facilities where used nickel-cadmium batteries can be dropped off for recycling in OECD Member countries.





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