Analysis of health concerns not addressed by REACH for low tonnage chemicals and opportunities for new approach methodology

In a Nutshell

Scientists from the Centre for chemical safety assessment (ECETOC) have identified opportunities to utilise ‘New Approach Methodologies’ (NAMs) to provide additional data and knowledge for low-tonnage chemicals governed by the EU’s REACH Regulation.  Concerns about the use of animals in chemical safety assessments have risen alongside significant development in alternative testing methods, built on the huge advances in technology, computing, and molecular biology (collectively known as NAMs). The use of NAMs to provide information for the lower tonnage band chemicals in REACH could be a way for registrants and regulators to gain experience in the use and interpretation of these new methodologies.