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New Tracking Tool for EPA Chemical Health Assessments

Release Date: 11/12/2004
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Contact: Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-4355 / ackerman.suzanne@epa.gov

(11/12/2004) EPA has introduced IRIS Track, a new online resource that allows the public to follow the development and review of Agency chemical health assessments in the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). IRIS is a key database of information on the potential adverse human health effects from exposure to chemical substances in the environment. The database is used both nationally and internationally to provide peer-reviewed human health risk information to decision makers. IRIS currently contains information on potential health effects for more than 500 chemicals. The new IRIS Track feature provides greater transparency to the public regarding the status of IRIS assessments in progress by displaying major milestone dates for chemical health assessments development and review. It enables IRIS users to monitor current status and view projected dates for future milestones for each chemical assessment. The development of IRIS Track is part of EPA’s commitment to improve the IRIS program and to make it more publicly accessible. EPA now publishes an annual IRIS agenda that lists new and ongoing assessments and upcoming IRIS activities More rigorous independent scientific reviews of draft assessments have also been implemented. Reviews are routinely conducted by expert panels in public meetings, where all interested parties may submit additional information for consideration in chemical assessments. These improvements have resulted in an IRIS program that delivers credible and high quality information to a broad user community. More information on IRIS is available at: http://www.epa.gov/iris . To use IRIS Track, visit: http://cfpub.epa.gov/iristrac/index.cfm .