Topical Scientific Workshop on New Approach Methodologies in Regulatory
Science, 19-20 April 2016, Helsinki
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) intends to hold a Topical Scientific
Workshop on New Approach Methodologies in Regulatory Science on 19-20 April
2016 in Helsinki. This Topical Scientific Workshop will explore the potential
regulatory benefits arising from fundamental change in scientific thinking.
Complex toxicological apical endpoints cannot be predicted by a single
non-standard test. Instead, it is necessary to combine multiple lines of
evidence (including '-omics' and high-throughput screening methods) to predict
the hazardous property with tools to facilitate this integration of evidence.
Two motivating drivers for the workshop are:
* A better understanding of the underlying biology behind how chemicals
cause adverse effects to human health; and
* New tools and techniques that provide a huge amount of data to be used in
solving regulatory issues.
The workshop draws inspiration from the EU research programme
SEURAT-1<http://www.seurat-1.eu/> and the US
Tox21<http://www.epa.gov/ncct/Tox21/> initiative, but also takes into account
general progress from the scientific field.
The first announcement of the workshop has been published on the event page on
ECHA's website. Experts can express their interest in participating by 20
September using the expression of interest form.
Based on the expressions of interest, official invitations to the workshop are
foreseen to be sent in November 2015. Participation will be by invitation only.