It is acknowledged by scientists and regulators that, there is currently not enough validated test methods to allow the identification of all endocrine disruptors for regulatory purposes. PEPPER, the first public private platform dedicated to the pre-validation of endocrine disruptors characterisation methods, is currently looking for the next methods to be pre-validated for the 2023/2024 financial year. Selection will take place in October 2023, so any interested laboratories must submit their proposals to PEPPER by 15 August 2023.
Those interested are also invited to register in the Collaborative Space of the PEPPER website where you will be able to access the committee’s documents and discussions.
PEPPER’s mission is to organise and fund scientific research and testing in order to ensure that candidate methods are of sufficient quality and to obtain the proof required by the international authorities in charge of validation (OECD, ECVAM, ISO, CEN…). It aims to perform the pre-validation of methods and assays in toxicology and ecotoxicology, that have been identified as relevant for the characterisation of endocrine disruption properties. Once validated by the bodies in charge of mutual acceptance, such methods can be used in dossiers related to regulations on substances (REACH, Biocides, Phytopharmaceuticals…), products (e.g. medical devices), or environments (e.g. Water Framework Directive).