Topical scientific workshops of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) aim to foster discussion among academia, regulators, industry and other stakeholders on the possible regulatory impacts of the latest scientific developments. An anticipated outcome of these workshops is the emergence of new or improved approaches which may be applied to the implementation of the REACH, CLP and biocides regulations.
The Topical Scientific Workshop on New Approach Methodologies in Regulatory Science will explore the potential regulatory benefits arising from fundamental change in scientific thinking. Complex toxicological apical endpoints cannot be predicted by a single non-standard test. Instead, it is necessary to combine multiple lines of evidence (including ‘-omics’ and high-throughput screening methods) to predict the hazardous property with tools to facilitate this integration of evidence.
Two motivating drivers for the workshop are:
- A better understanding of the underlying biology behind how chemicals cause adverse effects to human health; and
- New tools and techniques that provide a huge amount of data to be used in solving regulatory issues.
The workshop draws inspiration from the EU research programme SEURAT-1 and the US Tox21 initiative, but also takes into account general progress from the scientific field.
The event will take place for two days in a row, between 19 and 20 April 2016 in Helsinki, Finland. For more information about the event, do not hesitate to check the ECHA website. The full agenda can be found here.
Cefic-LRI presents its AMBIT tool poster during the poster exhibition of New Approach Methodologies in Regulatory Science.