Step 2. Assess function

Is the EDC necessary?

Aim: Determine the function of the EDC and if it’s essential for the product.

  1. Scope: Understand the function of the EDC in the relevant product and process.
  2. Criteria: Decide which physical and functional properties the replacement must have in order to match all functions within the scope.

Use the following questions to determine function:

  • What properties and function does the substance provide?
  • In what materials do we need these properties?
  • In what products do we have such materials?
  • Who supplies them?
  • Is the function necessary for the product or process?
  • Is it a contaminant or by-product?