Council of Canadian Academies reports on chemical safety

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Protecting human health and the environment is of paramount importance to Canadians. As such, the federal regulation and testing requirements for pesticides has been extensive, and today these chemicals are among the most data-rich in commerce. However, increased regulation around the world means there are thousands of chemicals that still need to be categorized and better understood. The challenge for scientists and regulators is how to achieve this in a timely, efficient and effective manner.

To better understand the challenges and opportunities related to chemical testing and regulation, the Council of Canadian Academies brought together a group of 15 eminent experts, of which Professor Bend, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, was a member, to discuss the scientific status of the use of integrated testing strategies in the human regulatory risk assessment of pesticides.

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