ASTM WK40619

    New Guide for Making Chemical Selection Decisions in the Life Cycle of Products

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    Developed by Subcommittee: E60.80 | Committee E60 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide outlines considerations for comparing ingredient-product pairs in all products except food, pharmaceuticals, ammunition/explosives, herbicides/pesticides, and fuel. 1.2 This guide will provide basic criteria and possible factors for consideration in developing sustainability related assessment attributes applicable to various stages in the product life cycle of products. 1.3 This guide considers the twelve principles of both green chemistry and green engineering in evaluating the overall social, economic, and ecological impact of an ingredient-product pairing and alternative assessment. 1.4 This guide does not provide guidance on how chemical alternatives assessment, life cycle assessment or economic analysis will be completed.

    While numerous chemical assessment guidelines exist, none define criteria for using the output as part of a larger decision making process in choosing chemical alternatives. As alternatives assessment becomes more broadly utilized and accepted, having a base document for using it as part of the process to evaluate alternate components becomes more critical.


    alternative assessment; risk assessment; hazards; toxicity; green chemistry; chemicals of concern; chemical evaluation.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    Michael Schmeida


    COS (15-11)

    Ballot Item Approved as E3027-2015 and Pending Publication