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Potential Chemical Risks to Children

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Strategic Plan

EPA, in its Strategic Plan, committed to completing data needs documents for 10 of these chemicals by the end of 2007; 12 were completed by December 2007.

Developed through a public stakeholder process, the Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP) is helping the public better understand the potential health risks to children associated with certain chemical exposures.

VCCEP is a three-tiered assessment program designed to fully evaluate hazards, exposures and risks of chemicals to children and to develop information needed to adequately assess the risks to children. Under VCCEP, EPA collects three tiers of increasingly detailed information on a chemical's toxicity and exposure and resulting potential risk to children.

So far EPA has asked companies to volunteer to sponsor their chemical(s) for Tier 1. After completing the evaluation of some Tier 1 chemical assessments, EPA asked companies to volunteer to sponsor higher tier testing for several chemicals. VCCEP is more an information collection program than a testing program. Rigorous chemical selection criteria were used to identify 23 chemicals for the pilot program. Companies have agreed to sponsor 20 of the 23 chemicals in the pilot.

Similar to the HPV Challenge Program, the goal of VCCEP is to make data publicly available. The implementation process builds on and models the HPV Challenge Program whenever possible.


Read more information on the Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP).

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