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Chemicals: from knowledge to response

Cedre performs different types of tests on chemical compounds. Test methods or protocols can be specially developed.

The behaviour and transformation of the physical and chemical properties of chemical products can vary when they are spilt into freshwater or seawater.

This information is required to:

  • predict their evolution
  • assess the risks for human health (responders, local inhabitants)
  • estimate the efficiency of response techniques
  • provide input for models.


Their toxicity/ecotoxicity also varies when they are spilt in freshwater or seawater.

This information is required to:

  • assess the health risks and risks relating to seafood consumption
  • assess the potential impacts on the environment
  • meet market authorisation requirements.

These tests are conducted as part of routine work within scientific and technical projects or when developing contingency plans.

However Cedre is above all one of the few centres of national and international scope able to perform such tests 24/7 in an emergency.

For laboratory testing, Cedre has modern, high-performance tools, and for pilot-scale testing, world-class specialised equipment.