Integrating Emerging Technologies into Chemical Safety Assessment
OTTAWA, Jan. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Protecting human health and the
environment is of paramount importance to Canadians. As such, the
federal regulation and testing requirements for pesticides has been
extensive, and today these chemicals are among the most data-rich in
commerce. However, increased regulation around the world means there
are thousands of chemicals that still need to be categorized and better
understood. The challenge for scientists and regulators is how to
achieve this in a timely, efficient and effective manner.
To better understand the challenges and opportunities related to
chemical testing and regulation, the Council of Canadian Academies
brought together a group of 15 eminent experts from Canada and the
United States to discuss the scientific status of the use of integrated
testing strategies in the regulatory risk assessment of pesticides.
"Science is advancing in such a way that we now have a deeper
understanding of physiology. In order to keep pace with international
practices there is an opportunity for Canada to embrace and integrate
new technologies and approaches into current chemical testing
practices," said Dr. Leonard Ritter, Chair of the Expert Panel. "By
drawing upon knowledge from fields such as information science, biology
and computational toxicology, testing will become more predictive,
specific, reliable, faster, less expensive, and better inform human
health risk assessment."
The Council's Expert Panel acknowledged that it will take time and a
significant shift in thinking among the research community, regulators
and industry to merge new tools and knowledge into existing testing
practices. In addition, the Panel stressed the importance of
communicating and engaging with the public to maintain and build
confidence in the regulatory system.
The Expert Panel's report, Integrating Emerging Technologies into Chemical Safety Assessment was requested by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). The
report is an evidence-based, independent assessment that provides:
Insights on current toxicity testing practices in Canada.
Examples of how the integration of different disciplines can contribute
to the evolution of regulatory toxicity testing.
A practical roadmap for integrated approaches for testing and assessment
of chemicals over one, five- and 10-year periods.
Insights on public perception and risk.
"The Panel's work to fully assess the current status of chemical testing
strategies was exhaustive. We are confident that the final report will
provide the evidence needed to assist PMRA and other regulatory
organizations as they consider the future of chemical testing in Canada
and globally," said Elizabeth Dowdeswell, President and CEO of the
Council of Canadian Academies.
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corporation that began operation in 2005. The Council supports
evidence-based, expert assessments to inform public policy development
in Canada. Assessments are conducted by independent, multidisciplinary
panels of experts from across Canada and abroad. The Council's
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Academy of Engineering; and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
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