Regulatory accepted but out of domain: In vitro skin irritation tests for agrochemical formulations

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Several in vitro methods have gained regulatory acceptance for the prediction of skin irritation and corrosion. However, the test guidelines for the majority of in vitro methods do not state whether they are applicable to agrochemical formulations. Hence, we would like to share the results from our routine skin corrosion and irritation testing of agrochemical formulations in which both in vitro (according to OECD TG 431 and OECD TG 439) and in vivo (according to OECD TG 404) tests were conducted as regulatory requirements. The in vitro skin irritation test did not correlate well with the CLP classification by in vivo results (44% sensitivity, 60% specificity, and 54% accuracy, based on 65 data pairs). This indicates a lack of applicability of the current protocol of the in vitro skin irritation test for agrochemical formulations. The data set did not contain formulations which were skin corrosive in vivo and hence its applicability could not be assessed. The correlation of in vitro skin corrosion testing to formulations which were not corrosive in vivo was, however, high (95% specificity based on 81 data pairs).

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