Allen D, Blackard B, Choksi N, Truax J, Tice R, Stokes W. Reference substances for the validation of in vitro ocular toxicity test methods for the evaluation of ocular corrosives and severe irritants. Poster presented at Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2006
NICEATM evaluated four in vitro ocular test methods (the Bovine Corneal Opacity and Permeability, the Isolated Chicken Eye, the Isolated Rabbit Eye, and the Hen’s Egg Test – Chorioallantoic Membrane) for their ability to identify substances that cause severe irritation or corrosion. During these evaluations, a list of 122 proposed reference substances was developed for potential optimization and/or validation studies with in vitro ocular toxicity tests. The substances also may be used for development of performance standards for use in the validation of test methods that are functionally and mechanistically similar to a validated in vitro ocular test method and for proficiency testing. Based on the ICCVAM Submission Guidelines, these substances are intended to: 1) represent the range of ocular responses (i.e., corrosive/severe irritant vs. nonsevere irritant/nonirritant) to be detected; 2) represent the classes of chemicals to be tested; 3) represent the range of known or anticipated mechanisms or modes of action to be tested; 4) have produced high quality Draize in vivo rabbit eye test method studies and/or in humans; 5) have well-defined chemical composition; 6) be available from commercial sources; and 7) not be associated with excessive hazard or costs (purchase and/or disposal). Based on the United Nations Globally Harmonized ocular hazard classification system, this list contains 79 Category 1, 15 Category 2A, 13 Category 2B, and 15 nonirritating substances (79 liquids, 34 solids), and covers 34 chemical classes and 29 product classes. ILS staff supported by NIEHS contract N01-ES 35504.