Chemical testing in the 21st century: webinar series

Promises and Challenges of EPA's New Chemical Testing Program

EDF hosted a three-part webinar series on new approaches EPA is developing to evaluate chemical hazard and risk.  Follow the links below to access the recorded webinars (synched audio and video presentations).


Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century 101: An Introduction to the Basics

Dr. Jennifer McPartland
Health Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund

Dr. McPartland introduces some of the policy and scientific motivations driving EPA’s investment in new chemical assessment approaches. She provides an overview of the new testing methods and their application to large numbers of chemicals. She briefly highlights some key benefits and limitations of the new approaches.


Transforming Chemical Safety: The ToxCast Research Program

Dr. Robert Kavlock
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science, EPA Office of Research and Development

Dr. Kavlock presents EPA’s perspective on the development of new chemical assessment approaches. He introduces the efforts of the National Center for Computational Toxicology with an emphasis on the high-throughput testing systems within the Tox21 and ToxCast programs. Dr. Kavlock shares the agency’s goals and vision for using these technologies.


New Chemical Testing Approaches: Uses, Benefits, and Challenges

Dr. Ila Cote
Senior Science Advisor, EPA National Center for Environmental Assessment

Dr. Richard Denison
Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund

In the final webinar of EDF’s 3-part series, Dr. Cote discusses EPA’s initial plans for using data emerging from the new testing approaches and previews plans for future uses. Dr. Denison leads a discussion of some of the key promises and challenges of using new approaches to improve chemical risk assessment, including opportunities for engagement by the public interest community.