Key publications

Here you can find essential publications underpinning IDEA's work.


Reference Chemical Potency List (RCPL): A new tool for evaluating the accuracy of skin sensitisation potency measurements by New Approach Methodologies (NAMs)

Considerable progress has been made in the design of New Approach Methodologies (NAMs) for the hazard identification of skin sensitising chemicals. However, effective risk assessment requires accurate measurement of sensitising potency, and this has proven more difficult to achieve without recourse to animal tests.

One important requirement for the development and adoption of novel approaches for this purpose is the
availability of reliable databases for determining the accuracy with which sensitising potency can be predicted. Some previous approaches have relied on comparisons with potency estimates based on either human or animal (local lymph node assay) data. In contrast, we here describe the development of a carefully curated Reference Chemical Potency List (RCPL) which is based on consideration of the best available human and animal data.
The RCPL is comprised of 33 readily available chemicals that span a wide range of chemistry and sensitising potency, and contain examples of both direct and indirect (pre- and pro-) haptens. For each chemical a potency value (PV) was derived, and chemicals ranked according to PV without the use of potency categories. It is proposed that the RCPL provides an effective resource for assessment of the accuracy with which NAMs can measure skin sensitising potency.

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Updating exposure assessment for skin sensitization quantitative risk assessment for fragrance materials

In 2008, a proposal for assessing the risk of induction of skin sensitization to fragrance materials Quantitative Risk Assessment 1 (QRA1) was published. This was implemented for setting maximum limits for fragrance materials in consumer products. However, there was no formal validation or empirical verification after implementation. Additionally, concerns remained that QRA1 did not incorporate aggregate exposure from multiple product use and included assumptions, e.g. safety assessment factors (SAFs), that had not been critically reviewed.

Accordingly, a review was undertaken, including detailed re-evaluation of each SAF together with development of an approach for estimating aggregate exposure of the skin to a potential fragrance allergen. This revision of QRA1, termed QRA2, provides an improved method for establishing safe levels for sensitizing fragrance materials in multiple products to limit the risk of induction of contact allergy. The use of alternative non-animal methods is not within the scope of this paper.

Ultimately, only longitudinal clinical studies can verify the utility of QRA2 as a tool for the prevention of contact allergy to fragrance materials.

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