New Guidance Documents for Pesticide Testing and GHS Pilot Program Support EPA OPP’s Goal to Reduce Animal Testing

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New Guidance Documents for Pesticide Testing and GHS Pilot Program Support EPA OPP’s Goal to Reduce Animal Testing

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox

Sources: EPA Pesticide Program Updates (e-newsletter), March 17, 2016; and Letter to Stakeholders…

Yesterday, in this open letter to stakeholders, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) announced progress on “its goal to significantly reduce the use of animals in acute effects testing”:

Letter to Stakeholders on EPA Office of Pesticide Programs’s Goal to Reduce Animal Testing from Jack E. Housenger, Director Office of Pesticide Programs

First, EPA released a new final guidance document, Process for Establishing & Implementing Alternative Approaches to Traditional in Vivo Acute Toxicity Studies to expand the use of alternative methods for acute toxicity testing (Docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0093).

Second, EPA released for public comment draft guidance, Retrospective Analysis & Guidance for Waiving Acute Dermal Toxicity Tests for Pesticide Formulations.” EPA is accepting comments on the draft policy for 60 days, until May 16, 2016.

Third, Housenger’s letter says the EPA is “exploring options for adopting GHS categories for the hazard portion of the pesticide label… [which] would promote international harmonization and facilitate the use of OECD in vitro methods.”