The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Cooperative Chemicals Assessment Program will be replaced by a new program next year as member countries have decided to change its direction, said Bob Diderich, head of OECD's Environment, Health and Safety division. Europe's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals initiative and U.S. research efforts have virtually taken over CoCAP's functions, Diderich said. The new program "will be more case-study-oriented than actually assessing as many chemicals as possible," he added.

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