In light of the number of new chemicals being introduced each year, and the growing importance of chemical safety issues among legislators, a group of scientific societies is offering its expertise to U.S. regulators.
In a letter in the March 4 edition of Science, the societies offer their experts to the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.
We recognize that the FDA and EPA face challenges on many fronts, and we believe that the vast expertise available through the members of our societies can aid both agencies in achieving their goals, the letter states.
These experts can help ensure that the most up-to-date scientific methodology and scientific understanding are used when devising and refining regulatory guidelines, and when reviewing scientific data pertinent to risk assessment and risk management decisions.
According to the groups, the need for faster and sounder testing and review procedures is urgent.
Recent scientific evidence has established direct links between exposures that occur during fetal development and adult disease, the letter states.
Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have established clearly that most, if not virtually all Americans, are exposed to contaminants in the environment that cause serious health effects in animal models.
The letter is signed by the American Society of Human Genetics, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Endocrine Society, the Genetics Society of America, the Society for Developmental Biology, the Society for Pediatric Urology, the Society for the Study of Reproduction, and the Society for Gynecologic Investigation.