Helsinki, Finland - The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is calling for health-effects information on the reproductive toxicity of a specific chemical substance by 24 Sept 2009, in order to avoid unnecessary animal testing.
ECHA said in a 10 Aug announcement that it expects to make numerous subsequent calls for information on a range of other chemical substances.
The current substance, referred to as "hydrogenated oligomerisation product including dimmers trimers, of tetradec-1-ene and alkene" by ECHA, is used in lubricants.
ECHA hopes to create a public consultation by encouraging organisations and academic institutions that may have testing reports on the substance (or scientifically valid equivalent information) to submit relevant data. The aim is to make sure animal testing is only used as a last resort to assess if the chemicals has any potentially harmful effects on humans or the environment.
To submit information visit: http://echa.europa.eu/consultations/test_proposals/test_prop_cons_en.asp
This call for information is covered by the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) regulation for chemical manufacturers and importers to assess the hazardous properties of substances they register. (RD)