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OPPT has continued to be involved in international chemical risk assessment and management by working with international organizations and through collaborative efforts with countries and stakeholders. OPPT provides leadership to help other governments, industry and the public make informed chemical decisions. Sharing and receiving chemical data and assessments helps leverage scarce resources here and in other countries.

OPPT scientists participate in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Test Guidelines Program Exit EPA Disclaimer  to develop protocols for studies to assess physicochemical properties, environmental fate, ecotoxicity, and health effects endpoints. The OECD is an international organization consisting of 30 industrialized countries in Europe, North America, Asia, and the Pacific. A foundation of the OECD chemicals program is the Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) agreement among OECD countries to accept for review studies generated in accordance with OECD Test Guidelines and Principles of Good Laboratory Practice regardless of where the study is performed in or among OECD countries.

OPPT continues to participate in the work of the OECD New Chemicals Task Force Exit EPA Disclaimer. This work includes further development of a database to generate a consolidated new chemicals notification form that integrates the reporting elements from all OECD countries. It also includes further work to develop a “parallel” review process with other OECD countries, development of OECD new chemicals working definitions, exemptions and reduced notification approaches.


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