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Vol. 29 No. 4
July-August 2007

Making an imPACt | Recent IUPAC technical reports and recommendations that affect the many fields of pure and applied chemistry.
See also www.iupac.org/publications/pac

Properties and Units in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Part XX. Properties and Units in Clinical and Environmental Human Toxicology (IUPAC Technical Report)

John Duffus, Ivan Bruunshuus, Rita Cornelis, René Dybkær, Monica Nordberg, and Wolf Kuelpman
Pure and Applied Chemistry
Vol. 79, No. 1, pp. 87–152, 2007
doi:10.1351/pac200779010087

This document describes the introduction of the concept of property in the field of clinical and environmental human toxicology for the presentation of results from clinical laboratory investigations. It follows the IFCC-IUPAC systematic terminological rules and attempts to create a common base for communication among the clinical chemist, medical practitioner, human toxicologist, and environmental toxicologist.

The term that designates a substance as a toxicant may be an international nonproprietary name, a generic name, a registered trade name, a fantasy name, or other. This causes difficulties in transmitting requests and reports on properties involving substances in biological fluids and environmental media to and from laboratories, to the end user, and in the collating of this information from different sources.

This document comprises a list of properties of human and environmental systems involving toxicants for use in transmitting medical laboratory data. The document recommends terms based on the format developed by the IFCC and IUPAC to facilitate interaction between disciplines and unambiguous interpretation of data (e.g., for purposes of risk interpretation). Systematic terms are presented together with a code (identified by the letters NPU) for each.

The complete CNPU Database may be found at <http://dior.imt.liu.se/cnpu/info.htm>.

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