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6th U.S. EPA-Japan Ministry of Environment Bilateral Meeting on Endocrine Disruption Test Methods Development-Washington DC. January 27 and 28, 2010

The purpose of the bilateral meeting is to harmonize the Japanese and U.S. efforts to develop Tier 2 testing protocols for evaluating chemicals for endocrine disruption and reproductive toxicity in fish, amphibians, and invertebrates. The Japanese participants will include representatives from the Japanese Ministry of the Environment, the Chemicals Evaluation and Research Institute, and the National Institute of Environmental Studies, and U.S. participants will include representatives from the Office of Scientific Coordination and Policy and the ORD NHEERL Mid-Continent Ecology Division. The agenda includes presentations of bilateral progress in test development, followed by the establishment of workgroups to discuss issues for each test protocol and to propose areas of collaboration between U.S. and Japanese research groups for consideration to integrate into the research plans for the following year. Representatives from the U.S. and Japan will be discussing cooperation on harmonizing test protocols for Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development validation. The bilateral meeting will provide opportunities for exchange of research results, opinions, and views on various issues related to endocrine disruption effects in aquatic animal species, including fish, amphibians, and invertebrates.

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