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  • 7-April-2020

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    Publications in the Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

    This series of Worksheets is a companion document to the Physico-Chemical Decision Framework to Inform Decisions for Risk Assessment. It is intended to help guide users during the substance identification and information gathering steps of the Decision Framework by providing an outline of relevant parameters for data collection and population.

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  • 11-February-2020

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    Webinar Series on Testing and Assessment Methodologies

    This third webinar in the series of Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs) was organised on Thursday 30 January 2020. It focused on the core information and telecommunication technologies applications that were built to support AOP development, management and dissemination. Tools and technical tips to facilitate scientific knowledge assembling and evaluations were also be presented.

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  • 11-February-2020

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    The OECD QSAR Toolbox

    New features of the QSAR Toolbox version 4.4 include: a simplified interface to introduce new users to the Toolbox, a new toolbox repository allowing third-parties to develop their own extensions and make them available to the whole Toolbox community and more. Watch our new tutorials on version 4.4.

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  • 3-February-2020

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    eChemPortal: Global Portal to Information on Chemical Substances

    The OECD is pleased to announce the release of eChemPortal version 3.0. This new version includes a modernisation of the user interface architecture, a refreshed design, more efficient searching including direct searching from the homepage.

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  • 27-January-2020

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    Agricultural Pesticides

    This report summarises the discussions and outcomes of the seminar on Evolving Digital and Mechanical Technologies for Pesticides and Pest Management. The seminar provided insight on regulatory implications and the potential of these new technologies to reduce human and environmental exposure to pesticides.

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  • 20-December-2019

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    Series on Testing and Assessment: publications by number

    This document captures and examines schemes used internationally for prioritising chemicals for risk assessment and/or risk management, and identifies commonalities, differences, lessons learned and areas for improvement. Based on this analysis, it offers guiding principles and best practices to consider within prioritisation schemes.

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  • 29-November-2019

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    Chemical Safety and Biosafety Progress Report

    The Chemical Safety and Biosafety Progress Report is released every eight months. Its purpose is to provide an update on the projects, events and activities. Information on new publications as well as dates and venues of upcoming events and meetings are given.

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  • 13-November-2019

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    Pharmaceutical Residues in Freshwater - Hazards and Policy Responses

    This report calls for a better understanding of the effects of pharmaceutical residues in the environment, greater international collaboration and accountability distribution, and policy actions to prevent and remedy emerging concerns. Laboratory and field tests show traces of oral contraceptives causing the feminisation of fish and amphibians, and residues of psychiatric drugs altering fish behaviour. Antimicrobial resistance, linked to the overuse of antibiotics, has rapidly escalated into a global health crisis.Unless adequate measures are taken to manage the risks, pharmaceutical residues will increasingly be released into the environment as ageing populations, advances in healthcare, and intensification of meat and fish production spur the demand for pharmaceuticals worldwide. The report outlines a collective, life-cycle approach to managing pharmaceuticals in the environment. A policy mix of source-directed, use-orientated and end-of-pipe measures, involving several policy sectors, can help to improve health and protect the environment.
  • 6-November-2019

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    Safety Assessment of Foods and Feeds Derived from Transgenic Crops, Volume 3 - Common bean, Rice, Cowpea and Apple Compositional Considerations

    This volume compiles the consensus documents developed by the OECD Working Group for the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds from 2015 to 2019. It deals with the composition of common bean, rice, cowpea and apple, four important crops for agriculture and food consumption worldwide. The science-based information collated here is intended for use during the regulatory assessment of food/feed products derived from modern biotechnology, i.e. issued from transgenic plants. Compositional considerations are provided for each species, including tables detailing the key nutrients, anti-nutrients, possible toxicants, allergens and other metabolites contained in the products. This essential information and solid data can be used in the comparative approach as part of the novel food/feed safety assessment. It should be of value to crop breeders and applicants for commercial uses of novel foods and feeds, to regulators and risk assessors in national authorities, as well as the wider scientific community. More information can be found at BioTrack Online.
  • 15-October-2019

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    Safety of novel foods and feeds and on the harmonisation of regulatory oversight in biotechnology

    A major fruit crop of temperate regions, APPLE is consumed worldwide as fresh fruit, juice and other food products. This consensus document provides science-based key insights for the regulatory assessment of the environmental safety of genetically-engineered products: taxonomy, reproductive biology, genetics, hybridisation and introgression, and ecology.

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