Facilitating toxicity and biodegradability evaluations

Industrial companies test their products before they arrive on the market to ensure they comply with environmental standards – and especially to determine their level of biodegradability. One leading player in the chemical industry transforms raw materials and supplies specific ingredients to different industries, including cosmetology, pharmaceuticals and even agri-food. This company chose CAPACITÉS to test the biodegradability and to assess the ecotoxicological character of a panel of 20 chemical substances.

In a nutshell

Key words

ScreeningEcotoxicologyHigh speed measurementBiodegradationEcotoxicityPollution

Developing quick miniaturized biodegradability and toxicity tests

To meet this ingredient manufacturer’s demand, CAPACITÉS’ ecotoxicity experts conducted screening tests for the 20 chemical substances provided by the client.
They custom-developed miniaturized tests to qualitatively assess substance biodegradability and toxicity. These quick measurements allowed substances with satisfactory ecotoxicological characters to be selected more easily prior to official tests.
Substances with toxic and/or nonbiodegradable characters could also be identified among these substances.

The industrial company thus obtained a quick response regarding the ecotoxicological character of its substances. This will allow the company to comply with current environmental criteria. Additionally, the advantage of this approach is that it is less costly than traditional quantitative analysis methods.

To successfully complete this project, the CAPACITÉS’ experts benefited from support and technical equipment from the GEPEA laboratory, joint research unit of the University of Nantes, Oniris, IMT Atlantic and CNRS (The French National Centre for Scientific Research).

Share this article with #ReadyOrNot

These projects may also interest you

These projects may also interest you

Sea / ​​environment

L’Oréal and Capacités break new ground in evaluating biodegradability

L’Oréal called upon the experts at the GEPEA Laboratory and Capacités in order to assist in bridging this methodological gap. The resulting new process has served to assist L’Oréal in developing methods for evaluating the biodegradability of their products, thus allowing them to better adhere to the strict regulatory requirements.

Read this success story

This site uses cookies and gives you control over what you want to enable