It is the policy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider the risks to infants and children consistently and explicitly as a part of risk assessments generated during its decision making process, including the setting of standards to protect public health and the environment. To the degree permitted by available data in each case, the Agency will develop a separate assessment of risks to infants and children or state clearly why this is not done - for example, a demonstration that infants and children are not expected to be exposed to the stressor under examination.
BELOW are the original 1995 policy and cover letter, and the 2013 and 2018 reaffirmation memos.You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.
- Policy on Evaluating Health Risks to Children (PDF)(2 pp, 19 K)
- Children's Health Policy Cover Memo (PDF)(1 pg, 28 K)
- 2013 Reaffirmation Memo on EPA's 1995 Policy on Evaluating Health Risks to Children (PDF)(2 pp, 597 K)
2018 Reaffirmation Memo on EPA's 1995 Policy on Evaluating Health Risks to Children (PDF)(4 pp, 272 K)
Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, October 11, 2018 memorandum.