Chemical safety and biosafety

Green growth: chemical safety and biosafety



OECD's work on chemical safety and biosafety contributes to green growth through its innovation and green technology development policy aspects.  The work aims to avoid adverse effects to health and the environment from the production and use of chemicals.  This is exemplified through the projects outlined below. 


  • Predicting the properties of chemicals without animal testing: OECD QSAR Toolbox allows for rapid screening of the properties of new chemicals therefore identifying potentially unsafe chemicals quickly.

  • Substitution of hazardous chemicals: The OECD is developing a toolbox that will provide an inventory of available assessment tools for the substitution of hazardous substances.

  • The sustainable use of manufactured nanomaterials: OECD identifies analytical tools that can be used to gain a better insight into the socio-economic and environmental impacts of nanotechnology applications.

  • Integrated pest management (IPM): IPM can increase farm profitability whilst reducing environmental degradation, conserving natural resources and reducing risks to human health.


Further information can be found in the Green growth: chemical safety and biosafety brochure.