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Work out if your polymer is a polymer of low concern (PLC)

If you are unsure if your polymer is a polymer of low concern (PLC), use this decision tool to find out.

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Does your polymer contain as an integral part of its composition at least 2 of the elements on this list?

  • Carbon
  • Hydrogen
  • Nitrogen
  • Oxygen
  • Silicon
  • Sulfur

Does your polymer contain as an integral part of its composition (except as impurities) an element not on this list?

  • C, H, N, O, Si, S
  • Na+, Mg2+, Al3+, K+, Ca2+, Cl, Br, I
  • F, Cl, Br or I covalently bound to carbon
  • B, Cu, Fe, Li, Mn, Ni, P, Sn, Ti, Zn, Zr

Does your polymer contain as an integral part of its composition (except as impurities), ≥ 0.2% (by weight) of any combination of the elements on this list?

  • B, Cu, Fe, Li, Mn, Ni, P, Sn, Ti, Zn, Zr

Does your polymer contain any difluoromethylene or trifluoromethyl groups?

Is your polymer a stable polymer, that is it does not substantially break down by any process during use?

Is your polymer capable of absorbing its own weight in water and is the NAMW ≥ 10,000 g/mol?

Is your polymer cationic or likely to become cationic in an aquatic environment that has a pH between 4 and 9?

Is your polymer a solid that is not soluble (<0.1mg/L) or dispersible in water and is it to be used only in its solid phase?

For your polymer, is the combined FGEW of any cationic groups or
potentially cationic groups ≥ 5,000 g/mol?

Does your polymer have any known hazard classification?

Does your polymer have any GHS classifications not on the following list:

  • Flammable gases, Cat. 2
  • Acute toxicity ‐ oral, Cat. 5
  • Acute toxicity ‐ dermal, Cat. 5
  • Acute toxicity ‐ inhalation, Cat. 5
  • Skin corrosion/irritation, Cat. 3
  • Aspiration hazard, Cat. 2

The polymer meets PLC criteria.

Your polymer is not a PLC.

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