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WASHINGTON (Oct. 15, 2013) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) applauds the success of an unparalleled international effort that has provided important health and safety data for a large segment of chemicals in commerce under the Cooperative Chemicals Assessment Programme. The joint effort between industry, regulators and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is coming to a close as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) finalizes a number of assessments this week.
“This collaborative program has made more screening-level health and safety data publicly available than any other program,” said Christina Franz, Senior Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs at ACC. “This data on approximately 1,200 chemicals has been used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and regulators around the globe to characterize the potential hazards of these substances, and it has improved the ability of regulators to implement their chemical management programs.”
Over the course of more than 20 years, co-producers of chemicals have worked together with OECD member countries to share health, environmental and safety information; to conduct screening-level hazard assessments on 18 health and environmental endpoints; and to engage in a peer review of the assessments with government experts of OECD member countries and with NGOs.
A significant portion of the chemical information was gathered through the auspices of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) High Production Volume (HPV) Chemicals Initiative, a voluntary effort between the chemical industry, EPA and NGOs to make more information public on HPV chemicals. ACC has been a strong supporter of the HPV program, and its member companies have contributed significantly to the public availability of this chemical safety information.
The OECD program will begin to shift its focus to more specialized activities in the area of chemical hazard assessment. The re-focused program is expected to begin in 2015.