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Call for Nominations -- Review of EPA's 2021 Draft Formaldehyde Assessment

Call for Nominations -- Review of EPA's 2021 Draft Formaldehyde Assessment

An ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will provide the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a review of EPA's 2021 draft formaldehyde assessment. Formaldehyde is a common environmental chemical that is found in indoor and ambient air. Given the widespread exposures to the general public and concerns about health impacts, EPA has been working to develop noncancer and cancer assessments of formaldehyde for its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). A 2011 National Academies report that reviewed EPA’s June 2010 draft formaldehyde assessment provided specific recommendations for improving the IRIS assessment of formaldehyde as well as general comments on the IRIS assessment development process. An ad hoc committee will assess whether EPA's 2021 draft document adequately and transparently evaluated the scientific literature, used appropriate methods to synthesize the current state-of-the science, and presented conclusions regarding the hazard identification analysis and dose-response analysis of formaldehyde that are supported by the scientific evidence. The committee will not conduct its own hazard assessment of formaldehyde, nor will the committee address the broader aspects of the IRIS Program.
 
The study will be carried out by a committee of approximately 12 volunteer experts in the fields of:
  • Public health risk assessment,
  • Systematic review methods,
  • Biostatistics,
  • Environmental epidemiology,
  • Toxicology,
  • Carcinogenesis (leukemogenesis),
  • Reproductive effects,
  • Developmental effects,
  • Neurotoxicology,
  • Respiratory effects (including asthma),
  • Biological modeling,
  • Exposure assessment,
  • Dose-response analysis.
     
The National Academies are committed to enhancing diversity and inclusion in order to strengthen the quality of our work. Diverse perspectives contribute to finding innovative approaches and solutions to challenging issues. We encourage the nomination of volunteers who reflect the populations we serve and also welcome in particular nominations of candidates from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, and early- and mid-career professionals.

We invite you to submit nominations for committee members and/or reviewers for this study by October 29, 2021.

Contact information:
Name:  Kathryn Guyton
Email:  kguyton@nas.edu
Phone:  202-334-3334
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