Toxicology Research and Testing

Toxicology research and testing are critical components of ensuring the safety and efficacy of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products. This discipline involves the study of the adverse effects of chemical substances on living organisms and the environment. As the demand...

by | Jan 20, 2023

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Toxicology research and testing is often performed by third-party labs

Toxicology research and testing are critical components of ensuring the safety and efficacy of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products. This discipline involves the study of the adverse effects of chemical substances on living organisms and the environment. As the demand for comprehensive toxicological assessments grows, the value of collaboration with third-party laboratories has become increasingly evident. Here’s an exploration of this field with a focus on the benefits of engaging external expertise.

The Scope of Toxicology Research and Testing

Toxicology encompasses a broad range of studies, from evaluating the potential harm caused by drug candidates to assessing the environmental impact of industrial chemicals. It involves various tests such as acute, sub-chronic, and chronic toxicity assessments, genotoxicity tests, and carcinogenicity assays. These tests are designed to uncover any potential health hazards associated with exposure to specific compounds.

The Regulatory Landscape

Given the potential impact on public health and the environment, toxicology testing is highly regulated. Agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and European Medicines Agency (EMA) have established stringent guidelines to ensure that substances are thoroughly evaluated before they are marketed or released into the environment.

The Role of Third-Party Laboratories

While in-house laboratories play a significant role in toxicology testing, there are compelling reasons for organizations to partner with third-party labs:

  1. Specialized Expertise: Third-party laboratories often possess specialized expertise that may be beyond the scope of in-house teams. They employ toxicologists with in-depth knowledge of specific regulations and testing protocols.
  2. Advanced Technologies: External labs are typically equipped with the latest analytical instruments and technologies, enabling them to conduct a wide range of tests with high precision and reliability.
  3. Independent Validation: Third-party testing offers an unbiased assessment, which is crucial for regulatory submissions. Independent results are often viewed as more credible and objective by regulatory bodies.
  4. Regulatory Navigation: Third-party labs stay abreast of the ever-changing regulatory environment. They can provide valuable guidance on how to navigate complex regulatory pathways effectively.
  5. Cost Efficiency: Outsourcing toxicology testing can be more cost-effective, especially for small to medium-sized enterprises that may not have the resources to maintain a full-scale, state-of-the-art toxicology laboratory.
  6. Risk Mitigation: By working with third-party labs, companies can mitigate the risk associated with toxicology testing. If issues arise, they can be addressed by experts who are experienced in dealing with such challenges.
  7. Faster Turnaround Times: Third-party labs can often provide faster turnaround times due to their focus on testing and analysis, which can be a critical factor in product development timelines.

How Contract Laboratory Can Help

Toxicology research and testing are vital for protecting public health and ensuring the safety of various products and chemicals. Collaboration with third-party laboratories offers numerous advantages, from specialized expertise and technological capabilities to cost savings and enhanced credibility with regulatory agencies. As the complexity of toxicological assessments increases alongside regulatory demands, the strategic partnership with external laboratories will continue to be an invaluable asset for companies seeking to innovate safely and responsibly.

Below are examples of how Contract Laboratory assisted companies, governments, and universities with their toxicology research and testing. If you need toxicology research or testing, Submit a Laboratory Test Request or call Contact Us for more information.

Number Industry Description
15-00575 Agriculture, Farming and Feed East Coast USA agriculture toxicology laboratory needed for fertilizer toxicology testing: agricultural fertilizer/nutrient that we need toxicology testing.
15-00559 Environmental and Ecology Pacific Northwest Environmental Toxicology Laboratory for Microtox bioassay: 5-10 tests per day for 30-60 days on domestic wastewater samples, ~10 mL per sample; may require pre-filtering
15-00557 Consumer Products Toxicology Laboratory needed for FDA GLP certification testing of Electronic Cigarette for GLP certification for the E-liquid. We are looking for the test of GLP Standard to Inhalation Toxicity Assessment of GLP Standard.
15-00553 Toys and Children’s Products Children’s Arts and Crafts company needs India Toxicology Laboratory for Toxicology Testing: LD50 testing on modeling clay for children
15-00552 Pharmaceuticals A pharmaceutical company needs a pharmaceutical toxicology laboratory for 4 arm 90-day tox study following the OECD408
15-00547 Pharmaceuticals Bulk Drug Manufacturer needed India Toxicology research institute for Toxicological Research Study Testing: (Toxicity LD 50 (rat).
15-00545 Consumer Products USA, UK, Australia, or Canada FDA GLP toxicology laboratory needed for Gas Inhalation Toxicity Test for the E-Liquid of GLP standard.
15-00537 Pharmaceuticals USA Bioanalytical and Toxicology Laboratory needed for Clinical Testing of Anesthesia Injection and certificate of analysis testing and complete clinical study for verification testing
15-00512 Medical Devices and In-Vitro Diagnostics URGENT: India Product Safety Toxicology Laboratory needed for Toxicokinetic Study: Biological Evaluation testing of the product as per ISO 10993-16:2010 (Biological evaluation of medical devices — Part 16: Toxicokinetic study design for degradation products and leachables).
15-00436 Nanotechnology Asia toxicology laboratory needed for nanomaterials testing 1. AMES test 2. OECD 404 skin irritation test 3. Water column toxicity with Mysids Bahia I would appreciate getting a quote for the mentioned tests as soon as possible.
15-00427 Consumer Products Washington or Oregon USA laboratory is needed for Product Toxicology Testing of herbal cigarettes that we need to show the absence of controlled and banned substances, specifically synthetic cannabinoids for 4 different types of herbal cigarettes. ,
Product Toxicology Testing We manufacture an herbal cigarette that needs to be tested to show the absence of any controlled or banned substances, specifically synthetic cannabinoids.
15-00405 Chemicals A Toxicology Laboratory is needed for chemical toxicology testing. Lab for Quantitative structure? activity relationship models QSAR model testing
15-00402 Chemicals Environmental toxicology laboratory needed for marine sediment toxicology testing (Ecotox)?
15-00396 Arts and Crafts Product Safety and Toxicology Laboratory needed for ASTM art material toxicological and safety testing to ensure that art materials meet requirements of ASTM D4236, Standard Practice for Labeling Art Materials for Chronic Health Hazards, art materials, chronic toxicity, craft materials, health lab
15-00391 Pesticides, Insectides and Herbicides Africa Environmental toxicology laboratory needed for aquatic toxicology studies of biomarkers in fish for toxins in aquatic habitat herbicide made available to the Assessing Organismal Physiology and Reproductive Behaviour upon Exposure of to Endocrine Disrupting Compounds ( Acetaminophen, Caffin
15-00382 Chemicals GLP Toxicology Laboratory needed for OECD Chemical Toxicology Testing to OECD Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals to OECD 210, Fish, Early-life Stage Toxicity Test
15-00303 Agriculture, Farming and Feed Environmental Toxicology Laboratory needed for Pesticide Testing of Two products, both with thymol as the primary active ingredient, and secondary proprietary ingredients. Acute Oral Toxicity (OECD 420,423) Acute Dermal Toxicity (OPPTS 870.1200, OECD 402) Acute Inhalation Toxicity (OPPTS 870.1300, OECD
15-00277 Oil, Petroleum and Gasoline Toxicology Research Laboratory needed for environmental toxicology study for Metals: Cu, Zn, As, Pb y Cd on the muscular tissue of freshwater fish (trout) N? Samples: 25
15-00188 Radiation and Nuclear Sciences An Environmental Toxicology laboratory is needed for aquatic toxicology testing to evaluate environmental hazards to aquatic life for a semi-solid mixture. The best way to contact me is by e-mail. If you need to call, the easiest way to reach me is via my cell phone.
15-00183 Pharmaceuticals Europe Product Safety Toxicology Laboratory needed for OECD toxicological testing eye irritation potential of four products with study design in accordance with the OECD TG 405, EU Guideline B.5, and conforming to the OECD Principles of GLP. Therefore we would like to ask if you could provide us a
15-00152 Chemicals UK Chemicals Manufacturer needs a toxicology laboratory for OECD chemical testing for Classification of a mixture according to CLP OECD 437 BCOP Testing of 1-5 samples
15-00100 Chemicals United States Environmental Toxicology laboratory needed for water testing: analyze Diethylhydroxylamine in water
15-00016 Pharmaceuticals Pharmaceutical product safety and toxicology laboratory needed for product safety studies of electronic cigarette pharmaceutical, 1 x Electronic cigarette test for contaminants: 2 tests required: 1) Sample analysis of the nicotine solution (nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerine) including food
15-00008 Pharmaceuticals Preclinical Contract Research Organization needed for Preclinical Toxicology Study: Ototoxicity evaluation of a test article(ear drops agent)administrated bid via implanted catheter connected with the middle ear in chinchillas or any other animals. n


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