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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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  • 11-December-2018

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    Series on Testing and Assessment: publications by number

    The aim of this document is to provide guidance in order to reduce the uncertainties in cell and tissue-based in vitro method derived predictions by applying all necessary good scientific, technical and quality practices from method development to implementation for regulatory use.

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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.
  • 6-December-2018

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    OECD Environmental Risk Assessment Toolkit: Tools for environmental risk assessment and management

    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.

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  • 22-November-2018

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    Biological pesticides

    The programme (or BioPesticides including microbials - bacteria, algae, protozoa viruses, fungi -, pheromones and semiochemicals, macrobials/invertebrates such as insects and nematodes, and plant extracts/botanicals) helps member countries to harmonise the methods and approaches used to assess biological pesticides.

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  • 22-November-2018

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    Series on Pesticides

    This document aims to assist government and industry assessors involved in the registration of microbial pesticides in the determination of whether microbial pesticides could be associated with known or as yet uncharacterised ‘new’ secondary metabolites. A background document that was also published as Annex to the main document aims to provide clarity on issues and terminology related to microbial secondary metabolites.

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