On July 12, 2013 the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) launched a panel which is to assess the human health and ecological impact of alternatives of chemicals of concern. The new “Design and Evaluation of Safer Chemical Substitutions – A Framework to Inform Government and Industry Decisions” committee consists of 15 scientists and is charged to advice the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on how to better assess the human health and ecological risks of chemicals chosen as alternatives to chemicals of concern. The committee shall develop a framework enabling industry and regulators to include health and environmental impacts early in the design process. The framework will allow integrating multiple and diverse data streams in early decision making. The project requested by the U.S. EPA on July 12, 2013 is expected to issue a report in early 2014.
"Sustainable development and green chemistry" lunch (October 9, 2013, Zurich, Switzerland)