SkinEthic HCE Time To Toxicity

SKINETHIC™ HCE TIME-TO-TOXICITY: THE FIRST INDIVIDUAL METHOD FORMALLY CONSIDERED BY THE OECD FOR DISCRIMINATING ON ITS OWN THE THREE UN GHS OCULAR HAZARD CATEGORIES

    

 

CONTEXT

Serious eye damage refers to the production of tissue damage in the eye, or serious physical decay of vision, which is not fully reversible, occurring after exposure of the eye to a test chemical, as defined by the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UN GHS). Test chemicals inducing serious eye damage are classified as UN GHS Category 1, while those inducing eye irritation are classified as UN GHS Category 2. Test chemicals not classified for eye irritation or serious eye damage are referred to as UN GHS No Category (No Cat).

This SkinEthic™ Human Corneal Epithelium (HCE) Time-to-Toxicity (SkinEthic HCE TTT) describes an in vitro procedure allowing the identification on its own of chemicals (substances and mixtures) not requiring classification (No Cat), labelling for eye irritation (Cat 2) and serious eye damage (Cat 1) in accordance with the three UN GHS ocular hazard categories.

The SkinEthic™ HCE Time-to-Toxicity in vitro test method on Liquids (SkinEthic™ HCE TTL) and on Solids (SkinEthic™ HCE TTS) has been developed and established within L’Oréal by evaluating 151 chemicals (Alépée et al, 2020; Alépée et al., 2021).

On the basis of the data currently available, the SkinEthic™ HCE TTT method was shown to be applicable to a wide range of liquid/viscous/solids chemicals, covering a large variety of chemical types, chemical classes, functional groups, direct MTT reducers. The test method allows the hazard identification of mono and multi-component test liquid/viscous/solids (neat or in dilution) chemicals.

A multicentric study demonstrated the relevance (predictive capacity) and reliability (reproducibility within and between laboratories) of the test method by testing 40 coded chemicals within three naïve laboratories .

From the method development / validation study and its independent peer review (Barroso el al, 2021) it was concluded that the SkinEthic™ HCE TTT is able to correctly identify chemicals (both substances and mixtures) by discriminating the three UN GHS categories. Note that this test method is not intended to differentiate between UN GHS Category 2A (reversible effect on day 14) and Category 2B (reversible effect on day 7).

The SkinEthic™ HCE Time-to-Toxicity test method was submitted to support OECD acceptance and currently an OECD draft test guideline (draft TG 492B) is under review to support regulatory acceptance.

 

 

MODELS

 

  SkinEthicTM HCE - Human Corneal Epithelium

 

 

PROTOCOL PRINCIPLE

SkinEthicTM HCE model allows the identification on its own of the 3 UN GHS ocular hazard categories.


 

DETAILED ASSAY PROCEDURE

 

This test method is applicable to substances and mixtures, to solids, liquids, semi-solids and waxes. The liquids may be aqueous or non-aqueous, fully water miscible or not fully water miscible; solids may be soluble or insoluble in water.

 

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REFERENCES

 

Development of the SkinEthic HCE Time-to-Toxicity test method for identifying liquid chemicals not requiring classification and labelling and liquids inducing serious eye damage and eye irritation. Alépée, N., Leblanc, V., Grandidier, MH., Teluob, S., Tagliati, V., Adriaens, E., Michaut, V., Toxicol. in Vitro 69, 104960, (2020)

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SkinEthic HCE Time-to-Toxicity on Solids: A test method for distinguishing chemicals inducing serious eye damage, eye irritation and not requiring classification and labelling.
Alépée, N., Leblanc, V., Grandidier, MH., Teluob, S., Viricel, A., Adriaens, E., Michaut, V., Toxicol. in Vitro 75, 105203, (2021)

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Posters presented at the 11th World Congress On Alternatives And Animal Use In The Life Sciences,
August 2021, Alépée et al.