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|Title:||Publicly-accessible QSAR Software Tools Developed by the Joint Research Centre|
|Authors:||PAVAN Manuela; WORTH Andrew|
|Citation:||SAR AND QSAR IN ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH vol. 19 no. 7-8 p. 785-799|
|Publisher:||TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||To promote the availability of reliable computer-based estimation methods for use in the regulatory assessment of chemicals, the European Commission¿s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has developed a range of user-friendly and freely available software tools. The paper gives an overview of four of these tools, explaining their main functionalities and applicability: Toxtree, Toxmatch, DART and the JRC QSAR Model Database. Toxtree predicts different types of toxicological hazard and modes of action by applying decision tree approaches; it can be used for initial hazard assessments. Toxmatch is a tool for chemical similarity assessment; it can be used to compare model training and test sets, to facilitate the formation of chemical categories, and to support the application of read-across between analogues. DART (Decision Analysis by Ranking Techniques) provides a variety of Multi-Criteria Decision Making (ranking) methods, and can be used to support the ranking of chemicals according to their environmental and toxicological concern. Finally, the JRC QSAR Model Database is a web-based inventory of (Q)SAR models to help industry and government authorities to identify suitable (Q)SARs for chemicals undergoing regulatory review.|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Health and Consumer Protection|
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