Update of the DevTox data database for harmonized risk assessment and alternative methodologies in developmental toxicology: Report of the 9th Berlin Workshop on Developmental Toxicity

Reprod Toxicol. 2019 Oct;89:124-129. doi: 10.1016/j.reprotox.2019.07.003. Epub 2019 Jul 6.


Representatives of applied science (e.g. governmental organizations, academia, and industry) met to discuss the progress towards a harmonized human health risk assessment in developmental toxicology of plant protection products, biocidal products, and other environmental chemicals at the 9th Berlin Workshop on Developmental Toxicity held in September 2018. Within the focus of the scientific discussion were the future of in-vitro methods for developmental and reproductive toxicology, the potential relevance of alternative species in testing of developmental effects, and risk and hazard assessment of developmental and endocrine effects. Furthermore, the need for a harmonized terminology for classification of anomalies in laboratory animals in developmental toxicity studies aiming for human health risk assessment was determined. Here, the DevTox database was identified as an extremely valuable tool. Overall, the participants agreed that still one of the biggest challenges for testing developmental toxicity in the 21st century is the development of animal-free test strategies and alternatives to animal testing that could provide human-relevant information in a rapid, efficient, and mechanistically informative manner.

Keywords: Alternative methods; Categorised anomalies; DevTox update; Developmental toxicology; Harmonized terminology; Risk assessment.

Publication types

  • Congress

MeSH terms

  • Animal Use Alternatives / methods*
  • Animal Use Alternatives / trends
  • Animals
  • Berlin
  • Databases, Factual / trends*
  • Reproduction / drug effects*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Species Specificity
  • Terminology as Topic
  • Toxicology / methods*
  • Toxicology / trends