Europe – Pharmaceutical industry provides unpublished data on chemical substances

Previously unpublished data on chemicals tested to develop medicines is now publicly available. The data is downloadable as IUCLID datasets – the global format for collecting, storing and sharing information on chemicals.

The datasets contain information about the hazard properties of 19 substances from 153 tests. The information can contribute to the development of predictive computational testing models as well as other purposes.

Dr Jan Backman, Head of Chemical Legislation at F.Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd representing the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations says: “Companies provide this high-quality data free of charge for the benefit of society. Our aim is to enhance the effectiveness of database-dependent computational tools, such as QSARs, for testing the safety of structurally similar chemicals. Scientists can use the data to gradually reduce testing on animals. This initiative is open to any company and I invite all to join and share their archived data.”…