[Toxicology] VCCEP Benzene meeting / TERA

Charles Miller rellim at tulane.edu
Wed Jan 25 10:33:06 EST 2006

Press Release for VCCEP Benzene meeting

DATE:           January 24, 2006
CONTACT:        Dan Briggs 513-542-7475 ext 21, briggs at tera.org

TERA to Convene Voluntary Children's Chemical Exposure Program  
(VCCEP) Peer Consultation on Benzene

TERA (Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment) has tentatively  
scheduled a VCCEP peer consultation meeting on benzene for Thursday  
and Friday, June 15 and 16, 2006.  The meeting will be held at the  
Northern Kentucky University METS Center located near the Greater  
Cincinnati International Airport.  The public is invited to attend  
and to provide written and/or oral comments.  The meeting also will  
be available in real time to registered off-site observers via a web  
cast.  More information regarding the meeting logistics, registration  
for attending the meeting or observing the web cast, and procedures  
for submitting comments will be provided soon on TERA's web page  

Interested parties and the general public are encouraged to nominate  
qualified expert scientists as candidates to be considered for the  
benzene peer consultation panel.  The nomination period will remain  
open until Friday, February 17, 2006.  TERA will consider all  
candidates and will independently select the panel members.  When  
nominating candidates, please follow the procedure described on  
TERA's Panel Nominations & Selection Policy web page (http:// 

The goal of VCCEP is to enable the public to better understand the  
potential health risks to children associated with certain chemical  
exposures.  Companies volunteered to collect or develop health  
effects and exposure information on 20 chemicals and then to  
integrate that information into risk and "data needs" assessments.   
The assessments are evaluated by a group of scientific experts using  
a peer consultation process, which is organized and operated by  
TERA.  Panels include experts in toxicity testing, exposure  
evaluation, and risk assessment.  More information about VCCEP is  
available at EPA's web site (http://www.epa.gov/chemrtk/childhlt.htm).

TERA's VCCEP responsibilities include selecting panel members,  
convening and chairing meetings to evaluate sponsors' submissions,  
and preparing reports of the meetings.  Information on policies and  
procedures, updated schedules, and meeting reports are available on  
TERA's web page (http://www.tera.org/peer/VCCEP/VCCEPIntroduction.html).

Ann Parker

Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) ... a non-profit, 501 
(c) corporation for scientific and educational purposes.  Visit us  
at: www.tera.org 

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