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Commitment of EDSTAC Members

12/2/97 [Note: this document is a 'work in progress' and has been only preliminarily discussed and reviewed by the COWG; it does not reflect complete consensus of the work group. Also, it assumes a consensus outcome of the EDSTAC deliberations.]

When EDSTAC was formed, the members committed to seek a consensus approach to screening and testing chemicals for effects on estrogen, androgen, and thyroid hormonal systems in humans and other animals. The individual Committee members came from a wide array of constituencies, including private industry and small businesses, citizen and environmental groups, labor, state and federal government, health, and academia and sought a scientifically based approach to screening and testing.

The effort by EDSTAC and its results seem, in our estimation, to be precedent setting in bringing together this diverse group to agree first on the a priori principle that chemicals will be screened and tested in this way, and on a specific approach to implementing this principle. Previous efforts have met with far less or limited success. We agree that this approach is not only an improvement, but also, our collective best hope of protecting the environment and human health.

Therefore, the members of the EDSTAC and their organizations and constituencies commit to take steps during implementation of the EDSTAC recommendations to ensure:

     1.    that the results of the screening and testing program will be used and interpreted within the context set forth by the EDSTAC report;

     2.    that limitations and uncertainties of the data and from the screening and testing program will be articulated clearly whenever results of the screening and testing program are discussed;

     3.    in recognition of the fact that science evolves as new data emerges, that points 1 and 2 will continue to be adhered to as guiding principles when interpreting the results of new screening and testing data; and

     4.   active participation in implementation of the screening and testing program, and other related cooperative efforts, via research, development, application, peer review and public comment.

In addition, members of the EDSTAC and their organizations and constituencies agree to give the screening and testing program an opportunity to succeed before suggesting any changes or modifications to the program. This includes refraining from legal, legislative, and media-driven efforts that would substantially alter the program until after results of the screening and testing program are available.

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