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  • 12-February-2019

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    OECD Conference on RNAi based Pesticides

    10-12 April 2019: The conference on RNA interference (RNAi) based pesticides will provide an overview of the current state of the knowledge of RNA interference (RNAi) as it relates to the potential use of this naturally occurring mode of action in agriculture. This will be an efficient route to this information for policy makers, particularly given the large volume of scientific information that is available in the literature.

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  • 11-February-2019

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    Webinar Series on Emerging Science to Improve Chemical Safety

    Join us on 11 February 2019 to learn and discuss new methodologies developed by research globally. These new approaches might make their way into future regulatory applications, but a dialogue will help scientists understand the needs of the regulatory community, and allow regulators to ask the relevant questions early on.

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  • 6-February-2019

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    Global Forum on Environment - Plastics in a Circular Economy: Design of Sustainable Plastics from a Chemicals Perspective

    The OECD releases the meeting report, and two background documents: Considerations and Criteria for Sustainable Plastics from a Chemical Perspective and Technical Tools and Approaches in the Design of Sustainable Plastics. The main focus of the Global Forum was the design stage of plastic products, and how chemical selection decisions influence environmental and health outcomes at various stages of the product lifecycle.

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  • 30-January-2019

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    Substitution of hazardous chemicals

    The first report is a synthesis from a Workshop on Approaches to Support Substitution and Alternatives Assessment, which discussed approaches used to support alternative assessments and substitution. The second report is a Cross Country Analysis of Approaches to Support Alternatives Assessment and Substitution of Chemicals of Concern that describes a list of approaches developed across countries and by different stakeholders.

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  • 28-January-2019

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    Saving Costs in Chemicals Management - How the OECD Ensures Benefits to Society

    The chemical industry is one of the largest industrial sectors in the world and is expected to grow fourfold by 2060. Indeed modern life without chemicals would be inconceivable. Given the potential environmental and human health risks from exposure to chemicals, governments and industry have a major responsibility to ensure that chemicals are produced and used safely.The OECD assists countries in developing and implementing policies and instruments that protect human health and the environment, and in making their systems for managing chemicals as efficient as possible. To eliminate duplication of work and avoid non-tariff barriers to trade, emphasis has been on developing shared frameworks for gathering and assessing information on potential chemical risks. The time-tested OECD Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) system provides a major basis for generating savings to governments and industry. This report provides an overview of the benefits and estimates the total savings from OECD work to be more than EUR 309 million per year.
  • 25-January-2019

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    Adverse Outcome Pathways, Molecular Screening and Toxicogenomics

    The first report describes the linkage between inhibition of complex I of the mitochondrial respiratory chain and motor deficit as in parkinsonian disorders. The second report links chronic binding of antagonist to N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors during brain development leading to neurodegeneration. The third report details the linkage between binding and activation of androgen receptor leading to reproductive dysfunction.

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  • 18-January-2019

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    Webinar Series on Testing and Assessment Methodologies

    On 16 January 2019, Patience Browne of the Environment Directorate presented an overview of an on-going project led by the European Commission Joint Research Centre/the United States/ Health Canada.

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  • 19-December-2018

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    eChemPortal: Global Portal to Information on Chemical Substances

    The OECD releases a video tutorial on how to find GHS information in eChemPortal through the substance search and how to search by GHS classification. Currently 11 databases provide GHS information, independent of whether the classifications have undergone a review by a regulatory body or intergovernmental organisation or are based on self-classifications by the producers or importers.

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  • 19-December-2018

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    OECD Biotechnology Newsletter Updates

    Read our newsletter to stay up-to-date with all the latest OECD work on biotechnology.

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  • 17-December-2018

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    Safety of novel foods and feeds and on the harmonisation of regulatory oversight in biotechnology

    Cowpea is a highly-nutritious legume cultivated predominantly in Africa, as well as South America and Asia. The crop is used for food, fodder and green manure. This consensus document provides science-based key insights for novel foods and feeds assessments such as detailed composition (nutrients, anti-nutrients, other constituents), key products, and components suggested for analysis of new varieties for food use and for feed use.

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