Testing of chemicals


  • OECD adopts a set of updated and corrected Test Guidelines for chemicals safety

    On 26 June, OECD adopted a set of updated and corrected Test Guidelines for chemicals safety testing to keep pace with scientific progress for OECD members and Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) adhering countries. Eight Test Guidelines have been updated (TG 437, TG 458, TG 488, TG 491) and corrected (TG 405, TG 439, TG 442C et TG 471).

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  • Survey on protected elements in Test Guidelines

    Deadline: 31 August 2020. The Test Guidelines Programme regularly receives proposals for new and innovative test methods for chemical safety testing. These methods may contain elements protected by intellectual property. The OECD wishes to collect feedback to develop a policy to deal with confidentiality claims so that it remains an attractive programme for innovative methods, while ensuring that developers identify other means to protect their assets.

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  • Video: Webinar on Good Licensing Practices of protected elements in Test Guidelines.

    30 April 2020 | The OECD Test Guidelines Programme is increasingly integrating innovative methodologies for the safety testing of chemicals into regulatory standards. Ensuring transparency, broad and and fair access to these innovative methods are important principles. Recently, the OECD published Guiding Principles for Good Licensing Practices of protected elements in Test Guidelines. This webinar explained those principles and showed how they can be useful in your work. If you are from the community of test developers, this webinar video recording is for you!

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OECD assists countries in harmonising Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals and Good Laboratory Practice, in order to ensure high quality and reliable data and for countries and industry to fully benefit from the OECD agreement on Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) and avoid duplicative testing.


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Webinar Series on Testing and Assessment Methodologies

Webinar Series on Emerging Science to Improve Chemical Safety



Saving Costs in Chemicals Management: How the OECD ensures benefits to society

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Guidance Document on evaluating Chemicals for Endocrine Disruption

 This guidance document was originally published in 2012 and updated in 2018 to reflect new and updated OECD test guidelines, as well as reflect on scientific advances in the use of test methods and assessment of the endocrine activity of chemicals.


Guidance Document on Good In Vitro Method Practices (GIVIMP)


 Guidance Document on Good In Vitro Methods Practices (GIVIMP)