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About this Digest on PCBs

  1. Sources for this Digest
  2. Current Status
  3. Digest Publication History

1. Sources for this Digest

The material content of the texts on Level 3 is directly sourced from “Polychlorinated biphenyls : Human health aspects”  (Concise International Chemical Assessment Document 55), a report of the WHO (World Health Organization) produced in 2003 by a large international panel of scientists.

The Levels 1 & 2 were written by Dr. Katharine Fox in collaboration with the GreenFacts editorial team.

On the WHO website, the source document can be:

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2. Current Status

Approved for publication by the GreenFacts Scientific Board.

3. Digest Publication History

The GreenFacts publication process is designed to ensure as high a degree of objectivity as possible.

First draft

The first draft of this Digest was produced by Dr. Katharine Fox on 23 July 2005 on the basis of a canvas prepared by the GreenFacts Editorial Team.

Second draft

The second draft of this Digest was produced on 30 January 2006 by Dr. Katharine Fox after review by the GreenFacts Editorial Team.

Preliminary and Peer review

The final draft of this Digest was produced in July 2006 by by Dr. Katharine Fox after pre-review by an expert from an health organization (see our  pre review form) and peer review by 3 independent scientists selected by the GreenFacts Scientific Board (see our  peer review form). These reviewers included for instance Dr. Adrian Covaci, Toxicological Centre, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Antwerp, Belgium. Final corrections were added under the supervision of the GreenFacts Scientific Board in July 2006.


Final publication was authorized by the President of the GreenFacts Scientific Board on 22 September 2006.

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Updates or subsequent post-publication revisions

No update or revision at present.

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