Assessment of chemicals

Hazard Assessment


OECD works with member countries and other stakeholders to cooperatively assess the hazards of industrial chemicals.  This generates OECD-agreed assessments that are available to the public, and that can be used for priority setting, risk assessment and other activities within national or regional programmes. Further, this cooperative work allows member countries and the chemical industry to share the burden of evaluating chemicals and avoid duplication. Therefore, increaseing efficiencies, decreasing costs and minimising the need for animal testing.

As part of this work, member countries work together to improve and harmonise chemical assessment methods using the most current science. These include integrated approaches to testing and assessment and (quantitative) structure activity relationships, or (Q)SARs.


Spotlight on the Project

Cooperative Chemicals Assessment Programme

Types of Chemicals Assessed

History of the Programme



Published Assessments

Status of Chemicals Assessed in the Programme

Series on Testing and Assessment


Tools and Methodologies for Hazard Assessment

Manual for the Assessment of Chemicals

Outcome of the OECD workshop on metals specificities in environmental risk assessment


Activities on QSARs

Risk Assessment Toolkit 

Electronic Tools for Data Submission, Evaluation and Exchange

OECD Harmonized Templates


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