The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently announced that Malaysia has joined its system for the Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD), a multilateral agreement that “allows participating countries to share the results of various non-clinical safety tests done on chemicals and chemical products, such as industrial chemicals and pesticides.”

According to OECD, MAD system participants agree to follow OECD Test Guidelines and Principles of Good Laboratories when assessing chemicals, including those used in cosmetics, in the interest of human health and the environment. In addition to Malaysia, the MAD system includes all 34 OECD countries as well as Argentina, Brazil, India, Singapore, and South Africa, and reportedly saves governments and chemical producers an estimated €150 million annually.

“Governments participating in the MAD system have confidence that chemical safety test data generated in other countries is of high quality and can be used for regulatory assessments. This reduces duplicative testing, saves laboratory costs, promotes work-sharing by countries assessing the same data and removes a potential non-tariff trade barrier,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “Malaysia’s participation in this system highlights the mutual benefit of the partnership between OECD and major emerging economies.” See OECD News Release, April 10, 2013.