Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach for Safer Chemicals Research
EPA hosts workshops, webinars and other events to ensure our research is valid, relevant and applicable to policy decisions about chemical safety. One area we have been particularly active in engaging stakeholders is in our high-throughput toxicology and exposure efforts. These efforts are using alternative chemical testing methods to accelerate the pace of chemical evaluations, reduce reliance on animal testing, and address the significant lack of health and environmental data on the thousands of chemicals found in commonly used products.
- Computational Toxicology Stakeholder Engagement: EPA actively engages the stakeholder community in parallel with the advances in this research to aid with both the development and use of this new information.
- First Annual Conference on Development and Use of New Approach Methods (NAMs) for Chemical Safety Testing: EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) and Office of Research and Development (ORD) hosted the First Annual Conference on the State of the Science on Development and Use of New Approach Methods (NAMs) for Chemical Safety Testing in December 2019 as part of EPA’s commitments as set forth in the "Directive to Prioritize Efforts to Reduce Animal Testing" memorandum Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed on September 10, 2019.
- Accelerating the Pace of Chemical Risk Assessment (APCRA): EPA collaborates with regulatory agencies worldwide to promote dialogue on the scientific and regulatory needs for the application and acceptance of New Approach Methods in regulatory decision making.
- Toxicology in the 21st Century (Tox21): EPA is working with NIH, including National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and the National Toxicology Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Food and Drug Administration to develop better toxicity assessment methods to quickly and efficiently test whether chemical compounds have the potential to disrupt processes in the human body that may lead to negative health effects.
We also actively participate in conferences and meetings to promote EPA's chemical safety research through presentations, workshops, platform discussions and exhibit booths.
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