[ascct] Fwd: News Release: EPA Releases Chemical Screening Data on 1,800 Chemicals/Agency improves access to chemical data and announces ToxCast Data Challenges

  • From: Kristie Sullivan <KSullivan@xxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:14:02 -0500

EPA releases ToxCast Phase II results and issues data challenges:

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Cathy Milbourn

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 17, 2013

EPA Releases Chemical Screening Data on 1,800 Chemicals

 Agency improves access to chemical data and announces ToxCast Data Challenges

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the 
release of chemical screening data accessible through the new interactive 
Chemical Safety for Sustainability or iCSS Dashboard. The iCSS Dashboard 
provides access to data from innovative screening technologies for chemicals 
that are found in industrial and consumer products, food additives and drugs.

“EPA’s use of cost effective advanced chemical screening techniques has 
transformed this country’s knowledge of the safety of almost 2,000 chemicals 
currently in use,” said Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s 
Office of Research and Development. “Today’s release marks an important 
milestone in communicating and improving our understanding of the impact 
chemicals have on human health and the environment.”

As part of this data release, EPA is announcing the ToxCast Data Challenges, a 
series of challenges inviting the science and technology community to work with 
the data and provide solutions for how the new chemical screening data can be 
used to predict potential health effects. Challenge winners will receive awards 
for their innovative research ideas.

The data were gathered through advanced techniques, including robotics and 
high-throughput screening, as part of an ongoing federal collaboration to 
improve chemical screening. The collaboration, Toxicity Testing in the 21st 
Century (Tox21), is comprised of EPA, the National Institutes of Environmental 
Health Sciences/National Toxicology Program<http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/>, 
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences<http://www.ncats.nih.gov/> 
and the Food and Drug Administration.

“Making these data publicly available will help researchers across disciplines 
to better identify hazardous chemicals, “ said Raymond Tice, Ph.D., who heads 
the Biomolecular Screening Branch at the National Institute of Environmental 
Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of NIH. “We are pleased to be a partner in these 
collaborative efforts and look forward to further enhancing the amount of Tox21 
data available to the public.”


“Our robotics screening system is an integral part of the Tox21 effort as it 
provides unparalleled speed, reliability and high-quality reproducible data,” 
said Anton Simeonov, Ph.D., who is the Tox21 lead at the National Center for 
Advancing Translational Sciences. “The public release of Tox21 data is sure to 
accelerate chemical assessment.”

Only a fraction of chemicals in use in the United States have been adequately 
assessed for potential risk. This information is useful for prioritizing 
chemicals for potential risk as well as predicting if chemical exposures could 
lead to adverse health effects.

More information:

iCSS dashboard: http://actor.epa.gov/dashboard/

Tox21: http://epa.gov/ncct/Tox21/

EPA Chemical Safety Research: http://www.epa.gov/research/chemicalscience/

ToxCast Data Challenges: http://epa.gov/ncct/challenges.html

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