Testing of chemicals

OECD Test Guidelines for the Chemicals


Register for our webinar on OECD alternatives to in vivo eye irritation testing

The OECD webinars on Testing and Assessment Methodologies focus on selected ongoing projects that will result in the short to medium term in new methodologies to test and assess chemicals. These free webinars are open to potential end users among regulators and contract research organisations who want to get familiar with new standards and approaches. Video recordings of our webinars are made available online afterwards.

Webinar on OECD alternatives to in vivo eye irritation testing - 27 September 2019

When: Friday 27 September 2019 @ 1 pm (CEST, Paris time) / 7 am (EDT)
Where: The convenience of your computer

This webinar will present an overview of the various alternative test methods developed as OECD Test Guidelines and relevant guidance material to address eye irritation and serious eye damage for hazard classification of chemicals.

Presentations by:

  • Anne Gourmelon from the OECD Environment Directorate
  • Chantra Eskes from the Swiss Centre for 3 Rs, and one of the lead authors of the OECD IATA Guidance document on eye irritation
  • Bertrand Desprez from Cosmetics Europe, who will present a project under way to develop Defined Approaches to better determine the eye irritation potential of chemicals
  • Dave Allen from Integrated Laboratory Systems (ILS), who will speak about applicability/limitations of the current alternative methods.

Duration: 1 hour 15 (Presentations of 60 minutes followed by 15 minutes of Q&A).

To register for the free online webinar:

  1. Go to the online registration.
  2. Enter the requested information and click on "Register now". There is no password required for registration.


Access the Test Guidelines 

The OECD Guidelines are a unique tool for assessing the potential effects of chemicals on human health and the environment. Accepted internationally as standard methods for safety testing, the Guidelines are used by professionals in industry, academia and government involved in the testing and assessment of chemicals (industrial chemicals, pesticides, cosmetics, etc.). These Guidelines are regularly updated with the assistance of hundreds of national experts from OECD member countries.

Information on the Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) system, the full list of adopted Test Guidelines, the draft TGs under public commenting rounds, the draft Guidance and review documents are available on the Test Guidelines Programme


Publications in the Series of Testing and Assessment 

This Series includes publications related to testing and assessment of chemicals; some of them support the development of OECD Test Guidelines (e.g. validation reports, guidance documents, detailed review papers).


Test Guidelines that have been deleted or replaced by updated versions

The Test Guidelines that have been deleted should not be used for new testing. They are included here because it may be useful to consult them in the framework of the assessment of substances based on old study reports. The guaranties of Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) would not apply if these Test Guidelines were used for new testing.

In November 2012, the Joint Meeting of the Chemicals Committee and Working Party on Chemicals, Pesticides and Biotechnology decided on a transition period of 18 months, between the Council Decision and the effective deletion, for Test Guidelines that have been updated or deleted. For more information, please read the presentation: Update of Test Guidelines and the Mutual Acceptance of Data.

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