Summary on Chemical Safety and Biosafety work at the OECD. While an important focus of the work is on safety aspects of the production, processing and use of industrial chemicals, some work is done on pesticides, chemical accidents, and biotechnology.
GLP issues raised by testing labs are covered in this comprehensive list of questions and answers, recently updated with questions related to: Test Facility organisation and personnel, Quality Assurance, Equipment and computerized systems, Test items, reference items and samples/specimens (Biologicals, GMOs, etc.), SOPs, Management of the study, Histopathology, Archives and E-Archives and Monitoring Test Facility compliance by GLP CMAs.
Read the countries' response to address the challenges posed by COVID-19 to GLP test facilities.
10-12 April 2019: The conference on RNA interference (RNAi) based pesticides will provide an overview of the current state of the knowledge of RNA interference (RNAi) as it relates to the potential use of this naturally occurring mode of action in agriculture. This will be an efficient route to this information for policy makers, particularly given the large volume of scientific information that is available in the literature.
24 June 2019: This OECD seminar presented and discussed the potential use of genome sequence, bioinformatic tools and databases in a regulatory decision process for microbial pesticides.
The objective of the OECD Biocide Programme is to attain a harmonised approach in the regulation of biocides in all OECD countries. The OECD is thus working on harmonising the main data requirements for biocides and the methodologies for the interpretation of these data.
This paper discusses and clarifies the relationship between test facilities and sponsors and the documentation test facilities are expected to maintain about those relations, and it provides a framework for ensuring the independence of study directors.
On 30 April 2020, the OECD hosted a webinar on Good Licensing Practices of protected elements in Test Guidelines. This webinar explained the recently published Guiding Principles for Good Licensing Practices of protected elements in Test Guidelines and show how they can be useful in your work.
The QSAR Toolbox 4.4.1 includes the following updates: the metadata from ECHA REACH studies included in the reports (after installing the plug-in from the repository) has been expanded and aligned to the content of the REACH study results downloadable from the IUCLID website; and some bugs identified in version 4.4 have been fixed.
Software to be used for Test Guidelines 305 and 318