Research chemicals are chemical substances used by scientists for medical and scientific research purposes. One characteristic of a research chemical is that it is for laboratory research use only; a research chemical is not intended for human or veterinary use. This distinction is required on the labels of research chemicals, and is what exempts them from regulation under parts 100-740 in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (21CFR).
Pharmacological research chemicals
Research chemicals are fundamental in the development of novel pharmacotherapies. Common medical laboratory uses include in vivo and animal testing to determine therapeutic value, toxicology testing by contract research organizations to determine drug safety, and analysis by drug test and forensic toxicology labs for the purposes of evaluating human exposure.
Agricultural research chemicals
Research agrochemicals are created and evaluated to select effective substances for use in commercial off-the-shelf end-user products. Many research agrochemicals are never publicly marketed or use sequential code names.
- Pharmaceutical industry
- Prices of elements and their compounds
- Experimental drug
- Investigational New Drug
- Experimental cancer treatment
- Quantum chemistry
- "Code of Federal Regulations Title 21".
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- List of proprietary substances and nonfood compounds authorized for use under USDA inspection and grading programs. United States Food Safety and Inspection Service. 1993.