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  • 22-January-2019

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    Draft documents for public comments

    This page contains a list of the Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals.

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  • 15-January-2019

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    Section 4: Health Effects

    Consult the January and February 2019 deadlines for comment of various OECD Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals: in Vitro 3T3 NRU phototoxicity test; Vitrigel Eye Irritancy Test Method; in vitro Macromolecular Test Method for Eye Hazard Potential; and In Chemico Skin Sensitisation Assays addressing the AOP Key Event of covalent binding to proteins.

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  • 14-January-2019

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    Resources for Chemical Safety

    The users will find a full description of each tool, how they fit in the general process of chemicals management, and how they facilitate retrieval and exchange of data within and between programmes and jurisdictions.

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  • 19-December-2018

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    eChemPortal: Global Portal to Information on Chemical Substances

    The OECD releases a video tutorial on how to find GHS information in eChemPortal through the substance search and how to search by GHS classification. Currently 11 databases provide GHS information, independent of whether the classifications have undergone a review by a regulatory body or intergovernmental organisation or are based on self-classifications by the producers or importers.

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  • 19-December-2018

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    OECD Biotechnology Newsletter Updates

    Read our newsletter to stay up-to-date with all the latest OECD work on biotechnology.

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  • 17-December-2018

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    Safety of novel foods and feeds and on the harmonisation of regulatory oversight in biotechnology

    Cowpea is a highly-nutritious legume cultivated predominantly in Africa, as well as South America and Asia. The crop is used for food, fodder and green manure. This consensus document provides science-based key insights for novel foods and feeds assessments such as detailed composition (nutrients, anti-nutrients, other constituents), key products, and components suggested for analysis of new varieties for food use and for feed use.

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  • 17-December-2018

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    Consensus documents: work on harmonisation of regulatory oversight in biotechnology

    These documents focus on the biology of organisms (such as plants, trees or micro-organisms) or introduced novel traits.

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  • 14-December-2018

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    Considerations for Assessing the Risks of Combined Exposure to Multiple Chemicals

    This document outlines various approaches and methodologies for the assessment of risks from combined exposures to multiple chemicals. The document draws from approaches and experience in the regulatory context, and presents elements to consider in the assessment.

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  • 10-December-2018

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    Series on Testing and Assessment: Testing for Endocrine Disrupters

    The series on endocrine disrupters provides common tools and guidances for testing the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on the oestrogen, androgen and thyroid hormone systems. Using these validated methodologies, regulatory authorities can use internationally harmonised tools to evaluate chemicals of concern for human health and/or the environment as well as testing costs.

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  • 10-December-2018

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    Guidance Document on Good In Vitro Method Practices (GIVIMP)

    In the past several decades, there has been a substantial increase in the availability of in vitro test methods for evaluating chemical safety in an international regulatory context.  To foster confidence in in vitro alternatives to animal testing, the test methods and conditions under which data are generated must adhere to defined standards to ensure resulting data are rigorous and reproducible.  Good In vitro Method Practices (GIVIMP) for the development and implementation of in vitro methods for regulatory use in human safety assessment aims to help reduce the uncertainties in cell and tissue-based in vitro method derived chemical safety predictions.  GIVIMP provides guidance for test method developers and end users of resulting data on key elementes of in vitro methods. GIVIMP tackles ten important aspects related to in vitro work: (1) Roles and responsibilities, (2) Quality considerations, (3) Facilities (4) Apparatus, material and reagents, (5) Test systems, (6) Test and reference/control items, (7) Standard operating procedures (SOPs), (8) Performance of the method, (9) Reporting of results, (10) Storage and retention of records and materials.
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