New EPA Guidance: Alternate Testing Framework for Classification of Eye Irritation Potential of EPA Pesticide Products
Author: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS
The EPA has released updated guidance for testing antimicrobial cleaning products for their potential to cause eye irritation. From the EPA announcement:
This updated guidance document, effective immediately, describes a testing framework for assessing eye irritation potential of EPA-registered antimicrobial cleaning products using three in vitro/ex vivo assays (non-animal tests):
- Bovine Corneal Opacity and Permeability assay (BCOP).
- EpiOcular assay (EO).
- Cytosensor Microphysiometer (CM) assay.
The same testing approach is currently considered on a case-by-case basis for other classes of pesticides and pesticide products. This updated guidance document replaces the 2013 version of this document.”
The document is available here.