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ECHA extends its Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) policy

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REACH Registrants can now submit tests conducted in all laboratories that are declared compliant with the GLP principles

Helsinki, 01 June 2011 - Since 2008, ECHA accepts data as GLP compliant where this data comes (i) from countries which are OECD Member States or full adherents to the OECD Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) system and (ii) from countries which are provisional adherents to the OECD MAD system and in which laboratories have been inspected jointly by the GLP Monitoring Authority concerned and by an OECD GLP Monitoring Authority.

Now also studies that are conducted in a laboratory situated in a country which has not joined the OECD MAD system can be accepted by ECHA as GLP compliant studies under the following conditions:

  1. Prior to the performance of the study the GLP compliance of the laboratory has been inspected by:
    • an EU GLP Monitoring authority (including Norway through EEA agreement) or
    • GLP Monitoring Authorities in Israel, Japan and Switzerland with whom the EU holds Mutual Recognition Agreements or
    • other GLP Monitoring Authorities of OECD member states or full adherents to the OECD Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) system on a case-by-case basis and
  2. the laboratory has been found to be operating in compliance with GLP principles.

OECD MAD agreement states that data generated in the testing of chemicals, in accordance with the principles of GLP, shall be accepted in all other OECD countries and in those countries that have provisional or full adherence to this agreement thus avoiding the duplication of animal testing. REACH Regulation requires that ecotoxicological and toxicological tests and analyses are carried out in compliance with the principles of GLP.



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