Testing of chemicals


  • Omics technologies in chemical testing

    The OECD is committed to using state of the art tools to evaluate chemical safety. As a first step towards using new technologies for assessing the effects of chemicals, the data collected and reported can be standardised to all decision makers to more easily evaluate effects and share information.

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  • OECD adopts a set of new, updated and corrected Test Guidelines for chemicals safety

    On 14 June, OECD adopted a set of updated and corrected Test Guidelines for chemicals safety testing to keep pace with scientific progress for OECD members and Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) adhering countries. The OECD released four new Test Guidelines (TG 249, TG 250, GD 497, TG 498), four updated Test Guidelines (TG 439, TG 442C, TG 494, TG 509) and four corrected Test Guidelines (TG 208, TG 405, TG 406, TG 455).

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  • NANOMET: Towards tailored safety testing methods for nanomaterials

    Just like any other chemical substance, nanomaterials have to be assessed for their safety using appropriate tools and methodologies. For that reason, the OECD Programme on Manufactured Nanomaterials and the OECD Test Guidelines Programme collaborate to identify and develop standardised methods that can be used to generate relevant and reliable data.

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OECD assists countries in harmonising Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals and Good Laboratory Practice, in order to ensure high quality and reliable data and for countries and industry to fully benefit from the OECD agreement on Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) and avoid duplicative testing.


Key areas of work


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Saving Costs in Chemicals Management: How the OECD ensures benefits to society

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Guidance Document on evaluating Chemicals for Endocrine Disruption

 This guidance document was 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.


Guidance Document on Good In Vitro Method Practices (GIVIMP)


 Guidance Document on Good In Vitro Methods Practices (GIVIMP)