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.
Deadlines for comments: 8 February 2019 for the draft Performance Standards for the Validation and Assessment of Similar Test Method; and 31 January 2019 for the draft Guiding Principles for Good Licensing Practices for protected Elements in OECD Test Guidelines.
On 29 January 2019, Eeva Leinala of the OECD Environment Directorate and Thomas Cortina from the Fire Fighting Foam Coalition and Mitch Hubert from Perimeter Solutions have addressed Best Environmental Practices for Class B Firefighting Foams in the context of management of per- and polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs).
This report outlines the customisation opportunities for IUCLID version 6. It also gives an overview of what IUCLID offers to regulatory bodies and industry as a key application to record, store, maintain and exchange data on chemicals. IUCLID is used in a variety of countries and regulatory contexts, therefore the report describes to which extent it is customisable to facilitate the management of chemical data across these contexts.
Today, OECD Council adopted the Recommendation on Countering the Illegal Trade of Pesticides to strengthen cooperation between countries and inspectors and identify illegal pesticides throughout their lifecycle with a Best Practice Guidance.
The OECD has published the Revised Guidance Document 150 on Standardised Test Guidelines for Evaluating Chemicals for Endocrine Disruption originally published in 2012 and updated in 2018 to reflect new and updated OECD test guidelines, as well as reflect on scientific advances in the use of test methods and assessment of the endocrine activity of chemicals.
Join us on 11 February 2019 to learn and discuss new methodologies developed by research globally. These new approaches might make their way into future regulatory applications, but a dialogue will help scientists understand the needs of the regulatory community, and allow regulators to ask the relevant questions early on.
The series on Risk Management covers methodologies for both governments and industry to manage risks posed by chemicals and, when appropriate, to harmonise risk management activities. The OECD provides information on the following areas: perfluorinated chemicals, substitution of hazardous chemicals, sustainable chemistry and others.
The OECD releases the meeting report, and two background documents: Considerations and Criteria for Sustainable Plastics from a Chemical Perspective and Technical Tools and Approaches in the Design of Sustainable Plastics. The main focus of the Global Forum was the design stage of plastic products, and how chemical selection decisions influence environmental and health outcomes at various stages of the product lifecycle.
The first report is a synthesis from a Workshop on Approaches to Support Substitution and Alternatives Assessment, which discussed approaches used to support alternative assessments and substitution. The second report is a Cross Country Analysis of Approaches to Support Alternatives Assessment and Substitution of Chemicals of Concern that describes a list of approaches developed across countries and by different stakeholders.