Intended Use and Limitations of Cal/Ecotox
It is anticipated that the ecological risk assessment community will utilize Cal/Ecotox as a
preliminary tool to conveniently review existing scientific information on California wildlife
species and contaminant effects. Efforts have been made to ensure that the information in
Cal/Ecotox accurately reflects the original data source (i.e., primary scientific literature).
However, database users should refer to the original publication in order to verify data values
and thoroughly understand the context in which the data were developed and any appropriate
limitations on their use. No representations are made as to the accuracy or validity of the
primary data. Cal/EPA, OEHHA and the University of California Regents are not responsible
for damages of any kind resulting from the use of or reliance on this information by risk
assessors or risk managers.
No judgment has been made as to data quality and soundness of the scientific approach used by
the primary authors in generating the data. Database users must apply their own data quality
objectives to determine which data may be useful in any given ecological risk assessment. Data
are included in the database without extensive filtering because data quality objectives may vary
considerably among users and their specific assessment needs.
Cal/Ecotox is intended to be a tool to review the primary literature available for a given species.
Since new information is constantly generated and some literature sources may not have been
included in our literature searches, the database user should perform up-to-date literature
searches and retrieve all pertinent literature when conducting or reviewing any ecological risk