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  • 6-February-2015

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

    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).

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  • 30-January-2015

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    OECD Substitution and Alternatives Assessment Toolbox

    This toolbox is a compilation of resources relevant to chemical substitution and alternatives assessments. Alternative assessments are processes for identifying, comparing and selecting safer alternatives to replace hazardous chemicals with the objective of promoting sustainable production and consumption.

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  • 22-January-2015

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    Biosafety and the Environmental Uses of Micro-Organisms

    Micro-organisms play a fundamental role in the environment. Yet their role is the result of complex biogeochemical processes by consortia of micro-organisms and the function of individual species is not clear in many cases. This publication provides an overview of the current situation and relevant developments in environmental microbiology.

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  • 15-January-2015

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    Addendum Number 2 to the OECD Guiding Principles for Chemical Accident Prevention, Preparedness and Response (2nd ed.) to Address Natural Hazards Triggering Technological Accidents (Natechs)

    An addendum to the OECD Guiding Principles on Chemical Accident Prevention, Preparedness and Response to address Natural Hazards Triggering Technological Accidents (Natech) Risk Management has just been published. The addendum consists of a number of amendments to the Guiding Principles and the addition of a new Chapter to provide more detailed guidance on Natech prevention, preparedness and response.

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  • 19-December-2014

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    OECD biotechnology newsletter updates

    OECD major events and activities relating to biotechnologies: latest developments are updated biannually in this Newsletter.

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  • 18-December-2014

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    Guidance Document for Describing Non-Guideline In Vitro Test Methods

    This guidance is intended to harmonise the way non-guideline in vitro test methods are described. This should in future facilitate an assessment of the relevance of test methods for biological activities and responses of interest, of the quality of data produced, irrespective of whether these tests are based on manual protocols or assay protocols adapted for use on automated platforms or high-throughput screening systems (HTS).

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  • 14-November-2014

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    Guidance document on elements of a Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR): Part 1

    OECD countries have developed PRTR system to track releases and transfers of potentially harmful chemicals. To improve PRTR system, OECD have analysed common elements (pollutants, sectors) in different PRTR systems, mainly focus on institutional arrangement. This serves as a common framework for different PRTR system, and supporting materials for a country that intends to develop or update its PRTR.

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  • 14-November-2014

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    Global Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR): Proposal for a harmonised list of pollutant

    PRTR have been established throughout the world to track releases and transfers of potentially harmful chemicals. But most of the PRTR systems were designed without considering comparability, each PRTR has its own requirement of reporting chemicals and sectors. To harmonise globally, OECD reviewed the reporting chemicals and sectors across PRTR systems and produced proposal for harmonised lists of reporting pollutants.

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  • 20-October-2014

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    OECD encourages the development of non-animal test methods for the detection of thyroid disrupters

    The OECD Advisory Group on Endocrine Disrupters Testing and Assessment met on 16-17 October 2014 in Paris to discuss the development and update of Test Guidelines and related documents for endocrine disrupters testing and assessment.

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  • 2-October-2014

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    Report of the pilot exercise on classifications for selected chemicals assessed at CoCAM

    The OECD has published a report on a pilot chemical classification exercise undertaken in 2013 and ‘14. Using a number of chemical assessments agreed in the OECD hazard assessment programme, reasons why classification proposals may differ were investigated. The report concludes on the main reasons for such differences, and recommends some measures to overcome some of them.

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