The final review of scientific information on cadmium, along with its appendix on an overview of existing and future national actions, including legislation, relevant to cadmium, was presented at the 26th GC/GMEF of UNEP as information document UNEP/GC.26/INF/11/Add.2 .
Cadmium is a non-essential and toxic element for humans mainly affecting kidneys and the skeleton. In the environment, cadmium is toxic to plants, animals and micro-organisms. Being an element, cadmium is persistent – it cannot be broken down into less toxic substances in the environment. This scientific review details the chemistry, health and environmental impacts, production and release, as well as prevention and control practices for cadmium. The review also lists initiatives for preventing or controlling cadmium exposure and indentifies data gaps that exist.
Document will be available in this Lead and Cadmium website as well as at the UNEP GC26's website. An advanced version of the final review of scientific information on cadmium is available now.