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Guiding Principles of the Alliance. Improved communication among groups Transparency in development of products Harmonization and consistency in risk assessments Shared costs and human resources. Alliance for Risk Assessment ( ARA ). Stakeholder Process. Alliance “Menu” Options.

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Guiding Principles of the Alliance

  • Improved communication among groups

  • Transparency in development of products

  • Harmonization and consistency in risk assessments

  • Shared costs and human resources


Alliance for Risk Assessment (ARA)

Stakeholder Process

Alliance “Menu” Options

States,

Fed. Agencies,

Public Interests,

Industry

Steering

Committee

ARA

Manage-ment Team

Risk Document

Development

Initiation of

Risk Issue

Training and

Certification

Non-profit

Collaborators

Risk Information

Exchange (RiskIE)

Risk

Communication

Document

Draft

Risk Research

And Tools

Peer

Reviews

Peer Review &

Consult

ITER

Release to

Public


RiskIERisk Information Exchangewww.allianceforrisk.org/RiskIE.htm

  • A Database to Communicate In-Progress Risk & Toxicity Assessments

  • Includes over 5500 projects being conducted by more than 27 organizations representing 13 countries

  • Scheduled to join NLM’s TOXNET in 2008


http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov


For More Information

For more information

Phil Wexler

[email protected]

www.nlm.nih.gov

Chuck Tomlijanovic

[email protected]

http://www.ctc.com/

Andrew Rak

[email protected]

www.noblis.org

Oliver Kroner

[email protected]

www.tera.org

Please visit www.allianceforrisk.org

Or contact the collaborators:


Extras Slides


ARA Steering Committee

A balance of Federal, State, and Tribal governments, Environmental NGOS and non-profits, and Academia.

  • Anita Meyer, United States Army Corps of Engineers

  • Barbara Harper, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

  • Bette Meek, University of Ottawa

  • Edward Ohanian, United States Environmental Protection Agency

  • Michael Dourson, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA)

  • Michael Honeycutt, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

  • Phil Wexler, National Library of Medicine (NLM)

  • Ruthann Rudel, Silent Spring

  • William Hayes, State of Indiana


ARA Fund & Work Flow

Steering

Committee

ARA Process

Federal

Agencies,

Industry

ARA

Manage TEam

Funded Projects

States,

Tribes,

Environmental

NGOs

RiskIE

Unfunded Projects

ARA

Non-Profit

Collaborators

ITER


ITER on TOXNET

13 records containing the

word “arsenic” found in ITER


RiskIE Screenshot


Examples of ARA Projects

  • Risk Document Development:

    Relative Source Contribution for RDX for U.S. Army

  • Research:

    Dietary arsenic exposure from soil for State of Texas & Hawaii Department of Health

  • Peer Review:

    Review of 1,3-Butadiene Document Screening Level for Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

  • Tools:

    RiskIE & ITER

  • Training:

    Dose-Response Boot Camp


Case Study:

Arsenic in Soil

Hawai’i


StateHELP

RiskIE


Meanwhile in Texas…

RiskIE


StateHELP

RiskIE


Does This Effort Duplicate Current Federal Efforts?

  • This effort does not duplicate ATSDR MRLs, EPA IRIS, FDA ADIs, Health Canada TDIs or RIVM TOCs. ARA supports existing risk values!

  • To the contrary,ARA shares resources to avoid duplication because:

    • It does not replace individual regulatory processes; ARA users tap in as appropriate.

    • Many risk values/issues will never be worked by federal groups.

    • Current federal approaches have resource limitations; thus, new chemicals addressed without duplicate effort.

    • Update of older values can benefit federal groups as one technical input to internal deliberations.

    • ARA goes beyond risk values/issues – it is also a shared resource for training and data communication.


Why Do Diverse Groups Fund?

  • ARA mission…

    • Aligns with many public health goals.

    • Provides value as a timely resource with enhanced credibility.

    • Allows stakeholder input.

    • Harmonizes risk values and methods.

  • Nonprofit corporations demonstrate concept can work (e.g., peer consultation with Voluntary Children’s Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP) of EPA).

  • NLM & TERA success in building ITER; ~200,000 hits per month demonstrates likely value of ARA

  • Aligns with stated needs of stakeholders – e.g., Environmental Council of States (ECOS); Interstate Chemical Clearinghouse.

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The Alliance for Risk Assessment provides:

Credibility

Projects are evaluated by the ARA Steering Committee, composed of a broad range of experts from various backgrounds and perspectives. The involvement of diverse interests:

  • enhances credibility

  • ensures careful consideration of all key data and ideas

  • provides thoughtful management of potential biases

  • indicates the importance of a project to the broader risk assessment community


The Alliance for Risk Assessment provides:

Sharing of Resources

The collaborative nature of the ARA centers on the pooling of resources. ARA participants benefit from access to:

  • Technical resources- ARA provides access to experienced scientists and experts not typically found within a single organization.

  • Financial Resources- For organizations with limited funding, ARA offers help covering the costs of a project, and will assist in identifying potential co-sponsors.

  • Information- ARA participants keep each other informed of their activity, creating opportunities for collaboration.


The Alliance for Risk Assessment provides:

Exposure

The ARA encourages the free-flow of information across organizations. Projects that utilize the ARA process will be transparently broadcast within the Risk assessment community via:

  • RiskIE- The Risk Information Exchange is a free internet database that tracks in-progress risk and toxicity assessments

  • ITER- The International Toxicity Estimates of Risk database lists chronic human health risk values

  • ARA Newsletter/Website- ARA maintains an up-to-date website with descriptions of ongoing projects. Newsletter updates are sent regularly to the risk assessment community


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