Testing of chemicals

Launch of 2 OECD Test Guidelines on human hazard endpoint skin sensitisation


06/02/2015 - The OECD has just published two new Test Guidelines on human health hazard endpoint skin sensitisation.

Skin sensitisation refers to an allergic response following skin contact with the tested chemical, as defined by the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UN GHS).

Both of these Test Guidelines set out the procedures for supporting the discrimination between skin sensitisers and non-sensitisers in accordance with the UN GHS. They are the first two in a series of in vitro methods that will gradually replace in vivo animal Test Guidelines on skin sensitisation; more of these alternative methods are detailed in the work plan of the Test Guidelines Programme.


For more information: All OECD Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals



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