Spec. Issue 2006 - Article Summary

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The OECD health effects test guidelines for REACH need updating

Robert D. Combes
FRAME, Russell & Burch House, Nottingham, UK
Each OECD Health Effects Test Guideline has been analysed for suitability to be used in the REACH system for chemicals testing. Some TGs are unnecessary while others urgently require updating to include modern techniques for improving the scientific and animal welfare aspects of the procedures involved. The reasons why the TGs have become so outdated are discussed and recommendations are made for improving this unsatisfactory situation. It is recommended that the OECD and its international experts focus more on revising outdated, and deleting obsolete, TGs.

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