The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) makes chemical screening data accessible through its new interactive Chemical Safety for Sustainability (iCSS) Dashboard.
The iCSS Dashboard provides access to data from screening technologies for chemicals that are found in industrial and consumer products, food additives, and drugs.
“EPA’s use of cost-effective advanced chemical screening techniques has transformed this country’s knowledge of the safety of almost 2,000 chemicals currently in use,” said Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “Today’s release marks an important milestone in communicating and improving our understanding of the impact chemicals have on human health and the environment.”
As part of this dashboard release, EPA is announcing the ToxCast Data Challenges, a series of challenges inviting the science and technology community to work with the data and provide solutions for how the new chemical screening data can be used to predict potential health effects. Challenge winners will receive awards for their research ideas.
The data were gathered through advanced techniques, including robotics and high-throughput screening, as part of an ongoing federal collaboration to improve chemical screening.
The collaboration, Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century (Tox21), is comprised of EPA, the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences/National Toxicology Program, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, and the Food and Drug Administration.
To access the EPA iCSS Dashboard, go here.
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