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  • 30-September-2019

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    Pharmaceutical Residues in Freshwater - Hazards and Policy Responses

    Pharmaceuticals are essential for human and animal health but they are increasingly recognised as a contaminant to environmental and human health when their residues enter freshwater systems: psychiatric drugs alter fish behaviour; endocrine disrupting pharmaceuticals cause reproduction toxicity in fish and increased risk of breast or prostate cancer in humans; and the overuse of antibiotics is linked to antimicrobial resistance – a global health crisis. The situation is set to worsen with growing use of pharmaceuticals projected with economic growth, ageing populations, advances in healthcare, and increased livestock and fish production. This report helps to close the science-policy loop. It provides policy guidance to cost-effectively reduce human and veterinary pharmaceuticals in freshwater, and their associated risks to human and environmental health. Voluntary participation alone will not deliver; economic and regulatory drivers from central government are needed. Ultimately, a life-cycle approach combining a policy mix of source-directed, use-orientated and end-of-pipe measures, involving several policy sectors, is required to effectively deal with pharmaceuticals across their life cycle.
  • 19-September-2019

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    Draft Guidance and Review Documents/Monographs

    The OECD Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals are a unique tool for assessing the potential effects of chemicals on human health and the environment. They are regularly updated with the assistance of thousands of national experts from OECD member countries. The current deadline for comments is set on 19 September 2019 for the Draft Guidance Document dissolution rate and dispersion stability of nanomaterials.

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  • 22-July-2019

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

    Policy instruments can be applied to improve the sustainability of plastics, including regulations, market-based instruments, information and voluntary tools. The report reviews the use of these instruments, provides good practice examples, such as product taxes and charges, eco-design standards, extended producer responsibility and environmental product labels, as well as discussing opportunities for their future applications.

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  • 19-July-2019

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    Section 4: Health Effects

    Consult the January and February 2019 deadlines for comment of various OECD Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals: in Vitro 3T3 NRU phototoxicity test; Vitrigel Eye Irritancy Test Method; in vitro Macromolecular Test Method for Eye Hazard Potential; and In Chemico Skin Sensitisation Assays addressing the AOP Key Event of covalent binding to proteins.

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  • 17-July-2019

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    OECD work on Chemical Safety and Biosafety brochure 2019-2020

    This new edition of the OECD work on Chemical Safety and Biosafety highlights the activities, results and ongoing projects as outlined by the 2019-2020 work programme.

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  • 17-July-2019

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    Release of the Global Harmonised Submission Transport Standard (GHSTS) version 2.0

    GHSTS is a standardised set of technical specifications for assembling electronic files for pesticide registration in a predefined manner. Once assembled according to the GHSTS, the dossier files can be transferred from a business to a regulatory authority and can be used in a regulatory process. Version 2.0 includes improved lifecycle management of documents over a series of submissions for one pesticide (or other) regulatory action.

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  • 26-June-2019

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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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  • 26-June-2019

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    Webinar video recording on Risk Reduction Initiatives for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances in Canada and in the United States

    On 15 May 2019, Eeva Leinala of the OECD Environment Directorate, Sandi Moser of the Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Hannah Holsinger of the EPA presented the latest Risk Reduction Initiatives for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances undertaken by Canada and the United States.

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  • 17-June-2019

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    Draft documents for public comments

    This page contains a list of the Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals.

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  • 13-June-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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