New OECD test guideline on skin sensitisation

A new type of test guideline is now available.

This test guideline helps to reduce animal testing for chemicals by combining different data sources to improve test results for skin sensitisation using alternative test methods. It is the first to include advice on computer predictions with tools such as the QSAR Toolbox, a software co-developed by ECHA and the OECD.

The guideline has been developed in a joint effort between the OECD, the EU’s Joint Research Centre, national governments and ECHA. ECHA is also working on a related guidance for registrants and will publish it after the summer.