SAVE THE DATE! This workshop is tentatively scheduled to take place April 29-30, 2014. We will confirm the dates in the very near future. Additionally, we anticipate posting a draft agenda in early March and a final agenda by late March.
EPA is currently revising its IRIS assessment of formaldehyde. This assessment addresses both noncancer and cancer human health effects that may result from chronic inhalation exposure to this chemical. 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.
This workshop is tentatively scheduled to take place April 29-30, 2014, in Crystal City, VA, and by webinar. We will confirm the dates in the very near future. Additionally, we anticipate posting a draft agenda in early March and a final agenda by late March.
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). The workshop will focus on the following 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 workshop that is open to stakeholders and the public. 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 is currently under development. EPA anticipates this second workshop will be held later in 2014.