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J Assoc Off Anal Chem. 1979 Jul;62(4):864-73.

Intercomparison study on the determination of single administration toxicity in rats.


In 1977, the Commission of the European Communities initiated an intercomparison study to determine the single administration oral LD50 value in rats of each of 5 chemicals with the aims of comparing experimentation technologies, determining the degree of variation in the results and the various parameters used to establish the LD50 value, and establishing a common protocol for the determination of the LD50 value. Sixty-five laboratories in 8 countries took part in the first study. The significant variation in protocol may have led to the large interlaboratory variation observed in the results. Therefore, participating laboratories carried out a second study using a common protocol, preceded by a pilot study. A total of 100 laboratories in 13 countries participated. A majority of results of the second study are currently being analyzed, and the indications are that the interlaboratory variation has been significantly reduced.

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