EPA's strategy for research on risks to children

Charles Miller rellim at tulane.edu
Tue Oct 17 08:53:11 EST 2000

Strategy for Research on Environmental Risks to Children
October 4, 2000

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Research
and Development (ORD) is pleased to announce the availability of its
Strategy for Research on Environmental Risks to Children. This document
provides the strategic direction for ORD's research program in
children's health.

EPA is committed to promoting a safe and healthy environment for
children by ensuring that all EPA regulations, standards, policies, and
risk assessments consider special childhood vulnerabilities to
environmental pollutants. Environmental health threats to children are
often difficult to recognize and assess because of limited understanding
of when and why children's exposures and responses are different from
those of adults. ORD has prepared the Strategy for Research on
Environmental Risks to Children to strengthen the scientific foundation
of the EPA risk assessments and risk management decisions that affect
children. ORD strategies provide a framework of research needs and
priorities to guide its programs over the next five to ten years. They
form the basis for more detailed research plans, which in turn link to
individual ORD laboratory implementation plans.

The Strategy for Research on Environmental Risks to Children includes a
stable, long-term, core program of research in hazard identification,
dose-response assessment, exposure assessment, and risk management, as
well as problem-oriented research that addresses current critical needs
identified by EPA Program Offices and Regions. The strategy describes
the current ORD research program for children's health and its relation
to research in other Federal agencies, descriptions of which were
obtained from publically-available sources. It outlines research program
directions aimed at development of data to reduce uncertainties in risk
assessment, risk assessment methods and models, new approaches to data
collection, and risk prevention and reduction methods. The strategy
encompasses research performed by EPA in-house scientists and research
supported through ORD's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants

A team of scientists from the ORD national laboratories and centers; the
Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances; the Office of
Water; and the Office of Children's Health Protection developed the
strategy. The internal review was conducted by the Associate Directors
for Health of ORD's three national laboratories and the National Center
for Environmental Assessment. The external peer review was conducted by
a group of experts that convened at a work shop in Washington, DC, on
November 9 and 10, 1999. The strategy reflects the comments of the
internal and external reviewers and the EPA Children's Health Protection
Advisory Committee. It can be obtained via the Internet at
http://www.epa.gov/ORD/WebPubs/final/ and is down-loadable in Adobe
Acrobat format. Printed copies are available through ORD's Publications
Office (telephone 513-569-7562).

Contact: Karen Hammerstrom
mailto:hammerstrom.karen at epa.gov

Gary N. Greenberg, MD MPH    Sysop / Moderator Occ-Env-Med-L MailList
gary.greenberg at duke.edu     Duke Occupat, Environ, Int & Fam Medicine
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