NOTICE: Call for workshop topics and speaker/panelist submissions.
EPA is developing an updated IRIS assessment of formaldehyde. This assessment will evaluate the potential health effects of formaldehyde from inhalation exposures. To facilitate discussion of several scientific issues pertinent to the assessment, EPA will convene a state of the science workshop. This workshop will be open to the public, broadcast by webinar/teleconference, and will take place in the EPA Potomac Yards Conference Center in Arlington, VA.
Dependent on topic submissions, speaker availability, and conference space, this meeting is planned for March or April 2014.
The formaldehyde workshop will be held at the EPA Potomac Yards Conference Center in Arlington, VA and in addition it will be accessible via webinar/teleconference.
EPA is planning a public workshop to discuss several scientific issues related to its draft Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment of formaldehyde (inhalation exposure). EPA is seeking suggestions from the public on topics and speakers/panelists related to three themes:
- Epidemiological research examining the potential association between formaldehyde exposure and lymphohematopoietic cancers (leukemia and lymphomas);
- Mechanistic evidence relevant to formaldehyde inhalation exposure and these types of cancers; and
- Evidence pertaining to the influence of formaldehyde that is produced endogenously (by the body during normal biological processes) on the toxicity of inhaled formaldehyde, and implications for the health assessment.
These topics will be discussed during a public workshop in March/April 2014. The overarching goal of the workshop will be to facilitate scientific discussion about these issues and the scientific challenges they pose for assessing the health hazards of inhaling formaldehyde. Please note: a separate workshop to discuss general issues (not specific to formaldehyde) related to conducting health assessments of chemicals that are present endogenously (e.g., methanol; ethylene oxide) is currently under development. EPA anticipates this second workshop will be held later in 2014.