About the OECD Substitution and Alternatives Assessment Toolbox

The OECD Ad Hoc Group on Substitution of Harmful Chemicals was established by the OECD 49th Joint Meeting of the Chemicals Committee and the Working Party on Chemicals, Pesticides, and Biotechnology in 2012, with the goal of furthering tools and approaches to support decision making for the substitution of chemicals of concern. The Ad Hoc Group is co-chaired by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the European Chemicals Agency. Its members include a broad range of stakeholders (government agencies, industry, trade associations, NGOs, and others) across OECD member countries.

The Work Plan for the Ad Hoc Group calls for a comprehensive review of the current status of substitution and alternatives assessment practices, as well as the development of an online toolbox to support decision-making. The OECD Meta-Review, published in November 2013, captures the number and diversity of alternatives assessment frameworks, tools, and methods; the key drivers and audiences of alternatives assessments; and gaps and opportunities to advance the field. The knowledge gained through the meta-review process was the foundation for the development of this OECD Substitution and Alternatives Assessment Toolbox.

This is a first version of the OECD Substitution and Alternatives Assessment Toolbox. The toolbox aims to be enriched and regularly updated. Stakeholders can submit information to be added in the toolbox and/or general comments on how to improve the toolbox to the OECD by sending an email to email iconehscont@oecd.org. Decisions on whether to include the submitted information will be taken by the OECD Ad Hoc Group on Substitution of Harmful Chemicals, comprising experts from governments, industry and NGOs.