[ascct] Fwd: Pesticide Program Update: EPA Announces New Guidance and Policies for an Integrated Approach to Pesticide Testing and Assessment

  • From: Kristie Sullivan <KSullivan@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: "ascct@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <ascct@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2013 16:50:58 -0400

Dear Colleagues,

You may be interested in the following new guidances from EPA's Office of 
Pesticide Programs. I will specifically highlight the finalization of a 
previous pilot policy to use a non-animal approach to classify the eye 
irritation potential for antimicrobial products with cleaning claims.


Kristie Sullivan
Secretary, ASCCT

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From: "U.S. Environmental Protection Agency" 
Subject: Pesticide Program Update: EPA Announces New Guidance and Policies for 
an Integrated Approach to Pesticide Testing and Assessment
Date: June 6, 2013 1:32:27 PM PDT
To: Kristie Sullivan <KSullivan@xxxxxxxx<mailto:KSullivan@xxxxxxxx>>

  EPA Pesticide Program Updates
     From EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs

June 6, 2013

In This Update:
EPA Announces New Guidance and Policies for an Integrated Approach to Pesticide 
Testing and Assessment

The EPA is announcing the release of five new policies and guidance documents 
to advance the Pesticide Program’s (OPP) “Strategic Direction for New Pesticide 
Testing and Assessment 
Approaches<http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/science/testing-assessment.html>.” The 
EPA is developing and evaluating new technologies in molecular, cellular and 
computational sciences to supplement or replace more traditional methods of 
toxicity testing and risk assessment. This document creates a framework for 
hypothesis-based, systematic integration of exposure and hazard information to 
assess pesticide risk. OPP’s strategic direction is consistent with the 2007 
and 2009 National Research Council reports, “Toxicity Testing in the 21st 
Century: A Vision and a Strategy” and “Science and Decisions: Advancing Risk 
Assessment.” These actions are significant milestones toward the agency’s 
longer term vision for a paradigm shift to 21st Century science.

OPP’s new guidance for employees complements and strengthens existing guidance 
for ecological and human health risk assessment. Together, they are designed to 
optimize the use of existing knowledge, to provide consistency in our data 
collection process, and to help our scientists focus on the data needed to 
reliably support registration decisions that protect public health and the 
environment while avoiding the generation and evaluation of data that does not 
materially influence the scientific certainty of a regulatory decision. These 
guidance documents include:

 *   “Guiding Principles for Data 
 will help guide the identification of data needs for the registration of new 
pesticides and uses and re-evaluation of existing pesticide uses.
 *   The “Part 158 Toxicology Data Requirements: Guidance for Neurotoxicity 
Battery, Subchronic Inhalation, Subchronic Dermal and Immunotoxicity 
 provides guidance for conducting a weight-of-the-evidence-based evaluation of 
data needs and requests for waiver. It also addresses how to incorporate the 
determination into the risk assessment.
 *   OPP’s Guidance for Selecting, Identifying and Evaluating Open Literature 
Studies<http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/science/literature-studies.html> in 
ecological and human health risk assessments provide guidance for staff in 
their evaluation of open literature studies of pesticides.

The Pesticide Program is also announcing two new policies that will reduce 
animal testing through the use of state-of-the-science methods for a more 
effective and efficient testing and assessment paradigm for chemical risk 

 *   The EPA will now accept an alternate testing framework for classification 
of eye irritation potential for labeling EPA-registered antimicrobial pesticide 
products with cleaning claims in lieu of the currently used animal test. This 
new policy, Use of an Alternate Testing Framework for Classification of Eye 
Irritation Potential of EPA Pesticide 
Products<http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/science/eye-irritation.html> follows a 
successful pilot program launched in 2009.
 *   Our new policy on Combining Genotoxicity Testing with Standard Repeated 
Dose Toxicology 
encourages the incorporation of genotoxicity endpoints into routine toxicology 
studies where scientifically feasible.


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