Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
National Research Council Review of the IRIS Assessment Development Process
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In May 2014, the National Academies’ National Research Council (NRC) released their review of the IRIS assessment development process. The NRC report applauds EPA’s efforts to improve IRIS and finds that the Program has moved forward steadily in planning for and implementing changes in each element of the assessment process. While recognizing EPA is still implementing changes, they note that, “overall, the committee expects that EPA will complete its planned revisions in a timely way and that the revisions will transform the IRIS program.” Their report notes that the IRIS Program has made substantial progress in a short time, and the committee offers recommendations which build on the progress that EPA has already made. These recommendations will help us to further improve the IRIS Program.
Read the full report: Review of EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Process (2014)
Addition of NRC-Identified Experts to IRIS Bimonthly Public Science Meetings
In October 2014, EPA announced that IRIS Bimonthly Public Science Meetings will be supplemented by scientific experts identified by the National Academies’ National Research Council (NRC). These independent experts will provide valuable scientific input and broaden the range of perspectives represented at our public meetings.
[Read more from the IRIS announcement]
IRIS Workshop Announced
EPA is planning a public workshop to discuss some specific recommendations from the National Academies’ National Research Council’s May 2014 report on IRIS related to further improving the scientific quality of IRIS assessments. In their report, the NRC commended EPA for its substantive new approaches, continuing commitment to improving the process, and successes to date. They noted that the program has moved forward steadily in planning for and implementing changes in each element of the assessment process. They also provided several recommendations which they said should be seen as building on the progress that EPA has already made. This workshop will allow us to get input from the public and scientific community about some specific topics related to the NRC’s May 2014 recommendations.
DATES: The workshop will take place October 15-16, 2014, in the Washington, DC area, and it will be available by webinar. Specific details, including the location, agenda, and how to register, will be available at a later date.
NRC Review of the IRIS Assessment Development Process
EPA Announcement (May 16, 2012)
Start date Apr 26, 2012; project duration: 24 months
EPA Materials Submitted to the NRC
- Part 1: Status of Implementation of Recommendations (Jan 30, 2013) (PDF, 142pgs, 3.2MB)
- Part 2: Chemical -Specific Examples (Jan 30, 2013) (PDF, 47pgs, 863Kb)
If you would like to provide any comments on these materials, please use the IRIS Public Comment & Feedback Form. Please include your full name and title; company/sponsoring organization; email address; and phone number.