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Unilever, EPA Develop Chemical Safety Tools

UnileverUnilever and the EPA are developing new scientific approaches to assess the safety of chemicals in consumer products without using animal data.

The organizations say the new tools developed as part of the collaboration will quantify human health risks for thousands of chemicals.

The EPA and Unilever will develop a series of case studies based on chemicals of mutual interest. The EPA will develop and provide data using these automated chemical screening technologies. Unilever will estimate exposures for the chemicals. Together, the EPA and Unilever combine the information into a risk assessment.

The collaboration will help inform how the EPA’s ToxCast project can be used by private and public entities as well as in the development of chemical risk assessments.

Unilever is contributing over $800,000 and considerable scientific expertise to help generate and integrate new exposure data to develop a model approach for high throughput risk assessments that include both hazard and exposure predictions.

In other company’s efforts to use safer chemicals in consumer products, SC Johnson has developed a process, called Greenlist, to improve chemicals in its products and also has published its restricted use materials list, which is used by product formulators.


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