International Programme on Chemical Safety


The use of the evolving science of toxicogenomics and its accompanying tools are of great interest to risk assessors, and are being considered as potential ways to improve toxicology and risk methodologies, helping to elucidate the mechanism and mode of action of chemicals among other things.

Twin workshops were organized in 2003-2004 focusing on:

  • the science and evidence-base for use of toxicogenomics in human health risk assessment (led by WHO) and issues of relevance to human health and linking with existing work on biomarkers, modes-of-action and ethical considerations; and
  • the other on defining the needs and possible application of toxicogenomics in a regulatory context.