Tag Archives: Chemical Assessment

GlobalChem and the road ahead: Why this year’s conference marks the halfway point for one of the most transformative decades for the industry and regulations

ACC Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs Mike Walls kicked off Tuesday’s GlobalChem regulatory conference with a prediction: “Ten years from now,” Walls said, “We will look back at 2015 as the inflection point in one of the most transformative decades for shaping chemical policy.” If you think about it, it’s easy to see […]

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What can the U.S. learn from other countries when it comes to regulating chemicals? GlobalChem keynote speaker Professor John Graham weighs in

When it comes to building a world-class chemicals management system here in the U.S., some experts have said that one important thing we can do is look at how other countries have tackled key issues. One of those experts, Professor John Graham of the University of Indiana, recently coauthored a guest column on lessons for […]

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Evaluating the evidence: an expert view on improving one of EPA’s key chemical assessment programs

A collective effort has been underway the past few years to encourage the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver more timely and credible chemical assessments under its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), a program that continues to face scrutiny from regulators, scientists, and industry. A recent report from the National Research Council (NRC) acknowledged that […]

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Returning to fundamental principles can help science live up to the public trust

A revised approach in the biomedical sciences for reporting research should set a strong precedent for researchers, publishers, and regulators around the U.S. who are committed to improving the science that guides public health decisions. Scientists today are more prolific than ever. The sheer body of research published every year can be overwhelming—from breakthroughs in […]

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Two keys to a stronger chemical assessment program: Planning for success and avoiding pitfalls

This week’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) workshop on the National Research Council’s (NRC) recommendations for improving federal chemical assessments gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) an opportunity to build on the progress it has already made in creating a sound, more transparent, and objective assessment program. While the agenda for the workshop covers […]

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Successful chemical assessment programs allow the science to speak for itself

Everyone who is committed to producing better and timely chemical assessments would agree objectivity is one of the hallmarks of a sound assessment program. Objectivity is particularly important when it comes to evaluating studies and results that will form the foundation for a chemical assessment. To ensure a strong foundation, these studies and results must […]

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Unfinished business: Changes to IRIS still needed to ensure assessments are based on modern science

The May release of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) progress in improving the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) was accompanied by much fanfare. The “kudos” directed to Ken Olden, who took over the IRIS program two years ago, are well-deserved. Dr. Olden has brought about a […]

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