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February 20, 2024

EPA’s February 21, 2024, Webinar on NAMs Will Include Case Study Using Branched Carboxylic Acids

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on February 16, 2024, that, in collaboration with the PETA Science Consortium International (PSCI), the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. (EST) for a webinar on the use of new approach methodologies (NAM) or alternative methods to testing on vertebrate animals for chemical risk assessments. The presenters for the webinar, Establishing Confidence in New Approach Methodologies (NAMs): An ICCVAM Report and a Case Study Using Branched Carboxylic Acids, are Elijah Petersen, Ph.D., National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Corie Ellison, Ph.D., Procter and Gamble. EPA notes that Dr. Petersen is a member of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) workgroup developing a report entitled “Validation, Qualification, and Regulatory Acceptance of New Approach Methods.” According to EPA, together with Dr. Ellison, the two will present a case study using a combination of NAMs to compare potential developmental toxicity of different branched carboxylic acids. EPA states that branched carboxylic acids “have a wide variety of uses, including in the production of lubricants, plastics and other products.”