On January 3, 2017 news provider Bloomberg BNA published an article by Pat Rizzuto announcing a new report from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to be published on January 5, 2017. The report, entitled “Using 21st century science to improve risk-related evaluation,” provides recommendations on how to incorporate new scientific findings into evaluating public health and environmental risks. Jonathan Samet from the University of Southern California, U.S., and chair of the National Academies’ committee will present and discuss the main outcome of the report during a webinar on January 6, 2017.
The report was requested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and National Toxicology Program (NTP). It is based on two National Academies reports from the years 2007 and 2012 and considers scientific advances following since then. Examples of such new approaches include “computer models that predict how diverse chemical structures would move through, interact with, and move out of the body; automated cellular, genetic, metabolic and other tests; measurements of chemicals in human urine or other biological samples; and mining data about which chemicals are in different types of consumer products”, Rizzuto summarizes.
Further aspects of emerging toxicity tests will be discussed in several webinars hosted by an interagency committee and the NTP in January and February/March 2017, respectively. The webinars will be open to the public, but require registration.
Pat Rizzuto (January 3, 2017). “Agencies focus in 2017 on new ways to predict chemical harms.” Bloomberg BNA
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (December 29, 2016). “Media advisory: incorporating 21st century science advances into risk-based evaluations.”
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (January 5, 2017). “New report calls for use of emerging scientific data to better assess public health risks.”
The National Academies Press (2007). “Toxicity testing in the 21st century: A vision and a strategy.”
The National Academies Press (2012). “Exposure science in the 21st century: A vision and a strategy.”
The National Academies Press (2017). “Using 21st century science to improve risk-related evaluations.“