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Webinar Series

Current Concepts in Quantitative Risk Assessment for Skin Sensitization

Registration for the December 8 webinar will be available here soon.

Allergic contact dermatitis is one of the most frequent occupational diseases associated with chemical exposure. Chemicals and pesticides must be tested for their potential to cause skin sensitization and there have been major developments in testing strategies in recent years, as new approach methods are becoming accepted alternatives to traditional animal tests. Despite this progress, quantitative risk assessment of skin sensitizing chemicals remains a challenging process.

This webinar series will provide an overview of the current state of the science in this rapidly developing field. The webinars are intended as background for a planned workshop in 2022 on quantitative risk assessment of skin sensitizing pesticides but they are of interest to the broader scientific community as they are relying on the development of concepts and methods in other areas e.g. cosmetics, fragrances and consumer products.

Registration is free and open to the public.

The webinar series is organized by NICEATM, the Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology, and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.

Webinar Schedule

Webinar 1, September 21, 2021, 9:00-10:30 a.m. EDT: Introduction to skin sensitization and contact dermatitis.

A video from Webinar 1 will be posted here when available. All registrants will be notified by email.


  • Skin sensitization: history and current state of play
    David Basketter, DABMEB Consultancy Ltd.
  • Epidemiology of contact dermatitis with a focus on occupational exposure and monitoring of skin sensitizers
    Wolfgang Uter, University of Erlangen-Nurnberg

Webinar 2, December 8, 2021: Methods for hazard and exposure assessment.

Presentations (titles subject to change):

  • Hazard assessment and potency determination using current non-animal test methods
  • Exposure assessment and quantification

Webinar 3, March 9, 2022: Opportunities and new approaches for quantitative risk assessment.

Presentations (titles subject to change):

  • Quantitative risk assessment for skin sensitizing cosmetics and fragrances
  • The road ahead: future developments and methods still in the research phase