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6.1 Abbreviations used in this FAQ and sci.chem ACGIH = American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists ACS = American Chemical Society AOAC = Association of Official Analytical Chemists AOCS = American Oil Chemists Society APHA = American Public Health Association API = American Petroleum Institute ASTM = American Society for Testing Materials BP = British Pharmacopoeia CA = Chemical Abstracts CAS RN = Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number ( usually as [x.y.z] ). C&EN = Chemical & Engineering News ( journal ) CMR = Chemical Marketing Reporter ( journal ) DIN = Deutsches Institut fur Normung EP = European Pharmacopoeia GMP = Good Manufacturing Practice IP = Institute of Petroleum IPCC = Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ISO = International Standards Organisation ISO 9000 = The 9000 series (esp.9001) Quality System Standards MSDS = Material Safety Data Sheet RTECS = Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances TLV = Threshold Limit Value ( defined by the ACGIH ) USP = United States Pharmacopoeia 6.2 Common Terms used in this FAQ. These terms apply to well-known reference texts. Note that those with a "*" are also available from commercial database suppliers and/or as CD-ROMs. The electronic versions may be accessible via an institution library, if the library does not have the hardcopy version available. * Beilstein = Handbuch der Organischen Chemie . * Bretherick = Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards . * Chem.Abs. = Chemical Abstracts . Cotton and Wilkinson = Advanced Inorganic Chemistry . Fieser & Fieser - Reagents for Organic Synthesis . * Gardner = Chemical Synonyms and Trade Names . Gmelin = Handbuch der Anorganischen Chemie . Goodman & Gilman = The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics . * Hawley = Condensed Chemical Dictionary . * Heilbron = Dictionary of Organic Compounds . * Kirk Othmer = Kirk Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology . Lange = Handbook of Chemistry . * Martindale = The Extra Pharmacopoeia . McKetta = Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design . Mellor = Comprehensive Treatise on Inorganic and Theoretical Chemistry . * Merck = The Merck Index . Perry = The Chemical Engineers' Handbook . * RTECS = Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances . Rubber Handbook = CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics . * Sax = Dangerous Properties of Industrial Chemicals . Shreve = The Chemical Process Industries . Ullmann = Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry . Vogel = "Inorganic" = Quantitative Inorganic Analysis . = "Qualitative Inorganic" = Qualitative Inorganic Analysis . = "Organic" = Practical Organic Chemistry . = "EPOC" = Elementary Practical Organic Chemistry .