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Improved communication among groups transparency in development of products

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

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


Riskie risk information exchange www allianceforrisk org riskie htm

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


Improved communication among groups transparency in development of products

http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov


For more information

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:


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Improved communication among groups transparency in development of products

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

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


Improved communication among groups transparency in development of products

ITER on TOXNET

13 records containing the

word “arsenic” found in ITER


Improved communication among groups transparency in development of products

RiskIE Screenshot


Examples of ara projects

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


Improved communication among groups transparency in development of products

Case Study:

Arsenic in Soil

Hawai’i


Improved communication among groups transparency in development of products

StateHELP

RiskIE


Improved communication among groups transparency in development of products

Meanwhile in Texas…

RiskIE


Improved communication among groups transparency in development of products

StateHELP

RiskIE


Improved communication among groups transparency in development of products

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.


Improved communication among groups transparency in development of products

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

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 provides1

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 provides2

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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