On May 3, 2016 the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) launched a new chemical safety prediction software called AMBIT. The tool was developed under Cefic’s Long-range Research Initiative (LRI) and incorporates non-confidential REACH data contributed by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). AMBIT comprises a database of over 450,000 chemical structures and various functional modules. It enables predicting unknown properties of one chemical from known properties of similar chemicals by applying the principles of “read-across.” AMBIT is open access and free of charge.

Pierre Barthélemy, executive director of Cefic’s research and innovation program, stated that the new tool “will contribute to the safer use of chemicals and a reduction in testing and innovation cost by making it easier for companies to comply with regulations governing chemicals.”

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Cefic (May 3, 2016). “Cefic LRI launches new chemical safety prediction software.

Cefic (2016). AMBIT.

Chemical Watch (May 4, 2016). “Cefic launches AMBIT toxicology prediction tool.