Brazil joins OECD system for mutual acceptance of safety data
The Environment Directorate of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development announced May 4 that Brazil has become the fourth "emerging economy" to join the OECD system for the mutual acceptance of chemical safety data. The system allows the results of chemical safety tests to be shared among different countries by requiring testing to be carried out using OECD test guidelines and data quality standards. The system saves governments and chemical producers about $218.4 million a year, OECD says. Aside from Brazil, India, South Africa, Singapore and OECD countries have implemented the system.