EPA Expands Potential for Data Waivers to Acute Dermal Studies for Active Ingredients

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs has expanded its guidance to waive the acute dermal test and allow new approaches for toxicity assessment of pesticide formulations and active ingredients. This update follows a detailed analysis conducted with the NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods showing that this test does not provide information that is not available from other EPA-required tests. Access the policy here.

The EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs has also launched a new webpage providing information about replacing animal tests with non-animal tests that better protect humans and the environment.