This report provides an overview of the current understanding of Perfluorinated Chemicals, particularly long-chain ones, regarding their major historical and current uses, scientific information about their relevance for human health and the environment, alternatives and regulatory approaches.
The Programme helps member countries and industry pool resources to assess the hazards of over 1200 industrial chemicals in its 22-year history, and has contributed to the development of many tools and techniques used in the assessment of chemicals around the world.
Participants from 15 countries attended the Workshop on Developmental Neurotoxicity: The use of non-animal test methods for regulatory purposes” on 18 October 2016, in Belgium. The event, co-organised by the OECD and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), focused on opportunities and challenges related to alternative methods for testing and assessing the DNT potential of chemicals.
New harmonised guidance published on how to conduct studies which demonstrate the transformation, transport and fate of pesticides under representative use conditions. This guidance document along with the Europe-North America Soil Geographic Information for Pesticide Studies database which has been developed in parallel, provide an opportunity for a regulator in one country to evaluate a study conducted at a foreign site.
Access to practical tools on environmental risk assessment and management of chemicals and description of the workflow of environmental risk assessment and management with links to relevant OECD products that can be used in each step of the workflow.
The OECD Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals is a collection of about 150 of the most relevant internationally agreed testing methods used by government, industry and independent laboratories to identify and characterise potential hazards of chemicals. Every year new and updated Test Guidelines are adopted to meet the regulatory needs in OECD member countries. The most recent Test Guidelines were adopted in July 2016.
A Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) is a publicly accessible database or inventory of chemicals or pollutants released to air, water and soil and transferred off-site for treatment. Find out more: What hazardous chemical substances and pollutants are being released to the environment or transferred off-site? How much is being released or transferred off-site over time? Where the releases occur? and by whom?
New deadlines for comments: Draft updated TG 492 on RhCE for eye hazard potential and draft updated performance standards for the validation of similar methods. The deadline for public comments of 3 October 2016.
This paper reviews the latest climate projections for West Africa and considers alternative ways in which the knowledge generated from climate science can be understood in the context of preparing for an uncertain future that provides practical help for decision makers.
The OECD Guidelines for the testing of chemicals are a collection of the most relevant internationally agreed testing methods used by governments, industry and independent laboratories to assess the safety of chemical products. The current work plan has just been published.