Toxicity Tests for Human Health Assessments for Pesticides
We evaluate studies for potential health effects in infants, children and adults.
Acute Testing: Short-term exposure; a single exposure (dose).
- Oral, dermal (skin), and inhalation exposure
- Eye irritation
- Skin irritation
- Skin sensitization
Sub-chronic Testing: Intermediate exposure; repeated exposure over a longer period of time (i.e., 30-90 days).
- Oral, dermal (skin), and inhalation
- Neurotoxicity (nerve system damage)
Chronic Toxicity Testing: Long-term exposure; repeated exposure lasting for most of the test animal's life span. We determine the effects of a pesticide after prolonged and repeated exposures.
- Chronic effects (non-cancer)
- Carcinogenicity (cancer)
Developmental and Reproductive Testing: Identify effects in the fetus of an exposed pregnant female (birth defects) and how pesticide exposure affects the ability of a test animal to successfully reproduce.
Mutagenicity Testing: Assess a pesticide's potential to affect the cell's genetic components.
Learn more about toxicity testing and ways we are working to improve toxicity testing and reduce use of animals in testing.