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  • 20-February-2019

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    Adoption of the Recommendation on Countering the Illegal Trade of Pesticides

    Today, OECD Council adopted the Recommendation on Countering the Illegal Trade of Pesticides to strengthen cooperation between countries and inspectors and identify illegal pesticides throughout their lifecycle with a Best Practice Guidance.

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  • 18-February-2019

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    OECD Work Related to Endocrine Disrupters

    The OECD has published the Revised Guidance Document 150 on Standardised Test Guidelines for Evaluating Chemicals for Endocrine Disruption 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.

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  • 18-February-2019

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    The OECD QSAR Toolbox

    New features of the QSAR Toolbox version 4.3 include: 2 New Databases, 5 New Profilers, 2D parameters, 159 new (Q)SAR models including pre-calculated online Danish QSAR DB models and new pKa models, Toolbox Application Program Interface (API) is now publicly available.

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  • 13-February-2019

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    Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD)

    The OECD has developed the Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD), a multilateral agreement which allows participating countries (including non members) to share the results of various non-clinical tests done on chemicals using OECD methods and principles. MAD reduces duplicative testing, allows governments to work together when assessing chemicals, and saves government and industry resources.

  • 7-February-2019

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    Series on Risk Management - Publications by number

    The series on Risk Management covers methodologies for both governments and industry to manage risks posed by chemicals and, when appropriate, to harmonise risk management activities. The OECD provides information on the following areas: perfluorinated chemicals, substitution of hazardous chemicals, sustainable chemistry and others.

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  • 6-February-2019

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    Global Forum on Environment - Plastics in a Circular Economy: Design of Sustainable Plastics from a Chemicals Perspective

    The OECD releases the meeting report, and two background documents: Considerations and Criteria for Sustainable Plastics from a Chemical Perspective and Technical Tools and Approaches in the Design of Sustainable Plastics. The main focus of the Global Forum was the design stage of plastic products, and how chemical selection decisions influence environmental and health outcomes at various stages of the product lifecycle.

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  • 30-January-2019

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    Substitution of hazardous chemicals

    The first report is a synthesis from a Workshop on Approaches to Support Substitution and Alternatives Assessment, which discussed approaches used to support alternative assessments and substitution. The second report is a Cross Country Analysis of Approaches to Support Alternatives Assessment and Substitution of Chemicals of Concern that describes a list of approaches developed across countries and by different stakeholders.

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  • 29-January-2019

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    OECD Test Guidelines for the Chemicals

    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. These Guidelines are regularly updated with the assistance of thousands of national experts from OECD member countries.

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  • 29-January-2019

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    Join our Webinar on Tuesday 29 January 2019 @ 4 pm (Paris time) / 10 am (EST time) on Environmental Best Practices for Class B Firefighting Foams

    After an introduction by Eeva Leinala (OECD), Thomas Cortina from the Fire Fighting Foam Coalition and Mitch Hubert from Perimeter Solutions will address Best Environmental Practices for Class B Firefighting Foams in the context of management of per- and polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs).

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  • 28-January-2019

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    Saving Costs in Chemicals Management - How the OECD Ensures Benefits to Society

    The chemical industry is one of the largest industrial sectors in the world and is expected to grow fourfold by 2060. Indeed modern life without chemicals would be inconceivable. Given the potential environmental and human health risks from exposure to chemicals, governments and industry have a major responsibility to ensure that chemicals are produced and used safely.The OECD assists countries in developing and implementing policies and instruments that protect human health and the environment, and in making their systems for managing chemicals as efficient as possible. To eliminate duplication of work and avoid non-tariff barriers to trade, emphasis has been on developing shared frameworks for gathering and assessing information on potential chemical risks. The time-tested OECD Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) system provides a major basis for generating savings to governments and industry. This report provides an overview of the benefits and estimates the total savings from OECD work to be more than EUR 309 million per year.
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