India: joins OECD agreement on mutual acceptance of chemical safety data


06/04/2011 - India has become the third key emerging economy to join the OECD system for the Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) in the Assessment of Chemicals, ensuring that the results of non-clinical chemical safety testing done there will be accepted in all other participating countries.


“The OECD Mutual Acceptance of Data system is a multilateral agreement which saves governments and chemical producers around €150 million every year by allowing the results of a variety of non-clinical safety tests done on chemicals and chemical products, such as industrial chemicals and pesticides, to be shared across OECD and other countries that adhere to the system. India’s engagement in OECD’s work on chemical safety and its membership in our MAD system is indicative of the mutual benefit of the ever-closer relationship between OECD and major emerging economies,“ said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria.


The MAD requires that testing be carried out using OECD standards for test methods  and for data quality. Governments need to verify compliance of laboratories with the latter standard by using the OECD agreed procedures. OECD countries - and now India, South Africa and Singapore - have implemented this system via the appropriate legislative and administrative procedures.
Ensuring that OECD and partner countries share and trust each other’s chemical safety test data removes a potential non-tariff trade barrier between countries for marketing chemicals. It also opens the possibility for producers in OECD countries to have safety tests for their chemicals undertaken in adhering partner economies. Provisional adherents to the MAD system are currently Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia and Thailand.

For further information, please contact Richard Sigman in the OECD Environment directorate or telephone: +331 45 24 16 80.


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