Subchronic Reference Concentration (RfC)

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Term Subchronic Reference Concentration (RfC)
Description An estimate (with uncertainty spanning perhaps an order of magnitude) of a continuous inhalation exposure for a subchronic duration (up to 10% of average lifespan) to the human population (including sensitive subgroups) that is likely to be without an appreciable risk of deleterious effects during a lifetime.
Definition Subchronic Reference Concentration (RfC)

An estimate (with uncertainty spanning perhaps an order of magnitude) of a continuous inhalation exposure for a subchronic duration (up to 10% of average lifespan) to the human population (including sensitive subgroups) that is likely to be without an appreciable risk of deleterious effects during a lifetime. It can be derived from a NOAEL, LOAEL, or benchmark concentration, with uncertainty factors generally applied to reflect limitations of the data used. Generally used in EPA's noncancer health assessments.

References http://www.epa.gov/iris/help_gloss.htm#r
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