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Search Example: Regulated Chemical Lists
Question: Is 4-acetoxyphenyl acetate listed on EINECS (European List of Notified Chemical Substances)?
Strategy: An easy way to answer this question is to locate substance information in the "Regulated Chemical Lists" category, especially in the CHEMLIST database.
Search Strategy
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The Search Page is displayed. It offers three different search options: "Easy", "Advanced" and "CAS Number" Search.
To locate regulatory information, select the "Advanced Search" tab.
The Advanced Search option prompts you to choose the category of databases you wish to search. Click the blue "Select Your Category" button for the list of categories available.
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   Select Databases:
Select database category
An additional browser window is opened. It displays the list of STN Easy database categories.
Click the "Regulated Chemical Lists" category to select it.
The window closes and the name of the category you chose is displayed next to the "Select your Category" button. - You are ready to enter the search terms.
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   Enter Search Terms:
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Pick "Chemical Name" from the first drop-down box and type in the name of the chemical.
Click the green "Search" button. - Note that the search costs are displayed below the Search button.
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Hint: Use the free "Browse Index" button before clicking "Search" to make sure that the chemical name you entered is spelled correctly and is included in the database you have chosen - before you actually pay for the search.
Simply select the chemical name you wish to search from the "Browse Index" list, then click "Search".
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   Answer Page:
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The list of answers is displayed in a table format on the Answer Page.
STN Easy locates "4-acetoxyphenyl acetate" in the CHEMLIST database.
To view the detailed record, click the blue "Display Answers" button or directly the title hyperlink. - You may change the Display Format and Display Style using the selection boxes at the bottom of the title list.
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The detailed record of CHEMLIST database is displayed immediately. You easily see, that the substance in question actually is listed on the EINECS inventory.
Note that STN Easy found the appropriate information even though other names were used for the substance on the EINECS list! Thats because STN Easy uses the CAS Registry Number to verify that the correct substance has been located.
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