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European Oilfield Speciality Chemicals Association

This page contains a glossary of commonly used industry terms. To find the one you are looking for just click on the appropriate section below and the details will be displayed.


add novatech Company that runs the Norwegian KPD Centre/NEMS database
AISE International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products
APE Alkylphenol ethoxylates
BAT Best Available Technology
BATREF Best Available Technology Reference Document
BCF Bioconcentration Factor
BEIS Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (UK authority, previously DECC)
BODIS Biodegradability of Insoluble Substances – a study protocol used in the HMCS
CEFAS Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (formerly MAFF)
CEFIC European Manufacturers’ Association
CEPE European Council of the Paint, Printing Ink and Artists’ Colours Industry
CHARM Chemical Hazard Assessment and Risk Management
CIN Charm Implementation Network
COSHH Control of Substances Hazardous to Health
CP Contracting Party (a member of OSPAR)
CSA Chemical Safety Assessment (document in REACH)
CSR Chemical Safety Report (document in REACH)
CWG UK Chemicals Working Group (operator, regulator and suppliers)


DECC Department of Energy and Climate Change (now changed to BEIS)
DEFRA Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (UK authority, formerly DETR)
DEPA Danish Environmental Protection Agency
DIFF OSPAR working Group on Diffuse Sources
DNEL Derived No Effect Level
DPD Dangerous Preparations Directive
DTI Department of Trade and Industry (UK, became BERR, DECC and now BEIS)
DU Downstream User
DUCC Downstream User Chemical Coordination Group
E and P Forum Exploration and Production Forum (Global forum for all Oil operator associations, became OGP, now IOGP)
EC10 10% effect concentration, the concentration that effects 10% of organisms in test population
ECETOC European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals
ECHA European Chemicals Agency
EGEST EOSCA Generic Exposure Tool
EMKG Einfaches Maßnahmenkonzept Gefahrstoffe
EOSCA European Oilfield Speciality Chemical Association
ERC Environmental Release Category used in REACH
ES Exposure Scenario used in REACH
eSDS extended-Safety Data Sheet (including ES)
ESIG European Solvents Industry Group
ESVOC European Solvents Volatile Organic Compound Group (Solvents DU organisations)
EZ Ministerie van Economische Zaken (Ministry of Economical Affairs NL)
F Formulator
FECC European Association of Chemical Distributors
FEICA Federation of European Adhesives Manufacturers
FRS Fisheries Research Services Marine Laboratory


GES Generic Exposure Scenario
GHS Globally Harmonised System of classification and labelling of chemicals
GLP Good Laboratory Practice
HMCS Harmonised Mandatory Control System
HOCNF Harmonised Offshore Chemical Notification Format
HOD OSPAR Heads of Delegation working group
HQ Hazard Quotient (PEC:PNEC)
ICES International Committee for Environmental protection of the Sea
IOGP International Oil and Gas Producers Association
IR & CSA TGD Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment Technical Guidance Document


JWG Joint Industry / Government Working Group (UK)
KLIF Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency (the former SFT)
KPD Chemical Product Data, database/centre developed by add novatech
L(E)C50 50% concentration that effects (E) or is lethal (L) to 50% of organisms in test population
LOEC Lowest-observed-effect concentration


M/I Manufacturer/Importer
M2 Joint Industry / Government Working Group (NL)
NECCS New EOSCA CHARM Calculator Software
NOEC No-observed-effect concentration
NOGEPA Nederlandse Olie en Gas Exploratie en Productie Associatie
(Dutch Oil and Gas E&P Association)
NPD Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
NPE Nonylphenol ethoxylates
NSOC-D North Sea Operators Committee – Denmark
OBM Oil Based Mud
OC Operational Conditions
OCNS Offshore Chemical Notification Scheme (UK)
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – publishes sttandard testing protocols e.g. 301 and 306 studies
OEL Occupational Exposure Limit
OGP International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (formerly E & P Forum, now IOGP)
OIC OSPAR Offshore Industry Committee
OIC Offshore Industry Committee – a sub group in OSPAR
OLF Oljeindustriens Landforening (Norwegian Oil Operators Association)
OSD Offshore Substance Database
OSPAR Oslo and Paris Commission for the Prevention of Marine Pollution


PAH Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons
PARCOM Paris Commission
PBT Persistent, Bioaccumulating, Toxic – assessment of chemical hazard
PC Product Category used in REACH
PEC Predicted Environmental Concentration
PLONOR Chemicals which are considered to Pose Little Or NO Risk to the offshore environment
PNEC Predicted No Effect Concentration
PPE Personal Protective Equipment
PRAM PRogrammes And Measures
PROC Process Category
PS Product Stewardship
PWRI Produced Water Re-Injection
REACH Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (EU Regulation)
RMM Risk Management Measures
RPE Respiratory Protective Equipment
RQ Risk Quotient
RSC Royal Society of Chemistry
RWS Rijkswaterstaat (The State Water Council- NL)


SBM Synthetic Based Mud
SCED Specific Consumer Exposure Document
SCOPEC UK data base of Oil Industry Discharges and Emmisions
SEBA OSPAR workgroup on Sea Based Activities (replaced by OIC)
SFT Statens forurensningstilsyn (Norwegian Pollution Control Authority) now KLIF
SIME OSPAR working Group on Trends and Effects of Substances in the Marine Environment
SKIM Chemicals Working Group (Norway)
SOAEFD Scottish Office Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries Department
SodM Staatstoezicht op de Mijnen (State Supervision of Mines NL)
SPERC Specific Environmental Release Category used in REACH
SSM State Supervision of Mines (see SodM)
SU Sector of Use Category used in REACH
SWED Specific Worker Exposure Document
TGD Technical Guidance Document
TNO Netherlandse organisatie voor toegepast natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek
(Organisation for Applied Scientific Research NL)
TRA (ECETOC) Targeted Risk Assessment (ECETOC tool)
TWG Technical Working Group
UKOOA United Kingdom Offshore Operators Association now UK Oil & Gas


vPvB Very Persistent and Very Bioaccumulating – assessment of chemical hazard
VROM Ministerie van Volkshuisvesting Ruimtelijke Ordening en Milieuhygiene
(Ministry of Safety, Ergonomics and Environment NL)
WBM Water Based Mud