National Academy Sciences review EPA’s IRIS assessment process

National Academy of Sciences to review EPA’s IRIS assessment process

6:13 AM, 17th May 2012
National Academy of Sciences to review EPA’s IRIS assessment process
Lek Kadeli, Acting Assistant Administrator, Research and Development, EPA.

WASHINGTON DC, US: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will conduct a comprehensive review of the agency’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) programme’s assessment development process. The IRIS programme helps EPA protect Americans’ health and the environment by conducting health assessments of over 550 chemicals that may be present in our environment.

In April 2011, NAS recommended several ways to improve the development of IRIS assessments. EPA has embraced these recommendations and is implementing them using a phased approach. Future draft IRIS assessments released for public comment and peer review will demonstrate the progress EPA has made in implementing NAS recommendations.

NAS will conduct a review of the IRIS assessment development process and the changes that are currently being made or planned by EPA in response to NAS’ April 2011 recommendations. IRIS assessments inform EPA rulemakings, and the release of final IRIS assessments is consistent with EPA’s ongoing efforts to improve Americans’ health and protect the environment.

“EPA is committed to a strong and robust IRIS programme. This programme plays a significant role in protecting the health of our country’s citizens and the environment in which they live. We welcome the NAS’ review of the IRIS assessment development process and look forward to working with them to continue to strengthen the programme,” said Lek Kadeli, Acting Assistant Administrator, Research and Development, EPA.

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