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Harmonization of description and classification of fetal observations: Achievements and problems still unresolved

Report of the 7th Workshop on the Terminology in Developmental Toxicology, Berlin, 4-6 May 2011. [Epub 2012 Jul 8]
: Solecki, Roland; Barbellion, Stephane; Bergmann, Grigitte; Bürgin, Heinrich; Buschmann, Jochen; Clark, Ruth; Comotto, Laura; Fuchs, Antje; Faqi, Ali Said; Gerspach, Ralph; Grote, Konstanze; Hakansson, Helen; Heinrich, Verena; Heinrich-Hirsch, Barbara; Hofmann, Thomas; Hübel, Ulrich; Inazaki, Thelma Helena; Khalil, Samia; Knudsen, Thomas B.; Kudicke, Sabine; Lingk, Wolfgang; Makris, Susan; Müller, Simone; Paumgartten, Francisco; Pfeil, Rudolf; Rama, Elkiane Macedo; Schneider, Steffen; Shiota, Kohei; Tamborini, Eva; Tegelenbosch, Mariska; Ulbrich, Beate; Duijnhoven, E.A.J. van; Wise, David; Chahoud, Ibrahim


Reproductive toxicology 35 (2013), pp.48-55
ISSN: 0890-6238
ISSN: 1873-1708
Workshop on the Terminology in Developmental Toxicology <7, 2011, Berlin>
Journal Article, Conference Paper
Fraunhofer ITEM ()
malformation; variation; grey zone anomalies; non-human primates; terminology glossary; developmental toxicology; reproductive toxicology

This article summarizes the 7th Workshop on the Terminology in Developmental Toxicology held in Berlin, May 4-6, 2011. The series of Berlin Workshops has been mainly concerned with the harmonization of terminology and classification of fetal anomalies in developmental toxicity studies. The main topics of the 7th Workshop were knowledge on the fate of anomalies after birth, use of Version 2 terminology for maternal-fetal observations and non-routinely used species, reclassification of "grey zone" anomalies and categorization of fetal observations for human health risk assessment. The paucity of data on health consequences of the postnatal permanence of fetal anomalies is relevant and further studies are needed. The Version 2 terminology is an important step forward and the terms listed in this glossary are considered also to be appropriate for most observations in non-routinely used species. Continuation of the Berlin Workshops was recommended. Topics suggested for the next Workshop were grouping of fetal observations for reporting and statistical analysis.