The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), in collaboration with the OECD, has invited industry users to a workshop introducing version 3.0 of the QSAR Toolbox on 20 November in Helsinki. Companies have been requested to express their interest in participating to the event by 17 October. The workshop aims to present the latest version of the OECD QSAR Toolbox. Emphasis will be put on how registrants can use the OECD QSAR Toolbox version 3.0 for filling gaps in (eco)toxicity data to fulfil their information requirements. In addition, ECHA and the OECD wish to collect feedback from industry on the use of the Toolbox and identify needs for implementing additional features in the tool and for providing other kind of support. Version 3.0 will contain many new features, hence a live demo will be an integral part of the event. A maximum of 30 participants is foreseen for this workshop and every effort will be made to have a representative audience from different industry sectors. ECHA has asked that expressions of interest for the workshop be lodged by 17 October 2012 by filling in the webform. New features of the QSAR Toolbox 3.0 include: Inclusion of additional data sources Advanced search engine 22 new mechanistically and endpoint specific profiling schemes Quantitative mixtures toxicity prediction Tautomeric set prediction Prediction accounting for metabolism Implementation of Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs) related to skin sensitisation supplemented by three new databases containing AOPs data for skin sensitisation. Four new simulators (autoxidation and hydrolysis) Enhanced reporting engine to handle mixtures, tautomers and metabolites The QSAR Toolbox is an OECD software tool developed for filling data gaps in (eco)toxicity data needed for assessing the hazards of chemicals and for grouping chemicals into categories. It can also be used for the development of integrated testing strategies. Importantly, REACH registrants can use the QSAR Toolbox as a tool to generate an alternative method to animal testing to fulfil their information requirements.
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