EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB)

In 1978, Congress directed the EPA to establish an SAB to provide scientific advice to the Administrator.
  • What the SAB is authorized to do
    • review the quality and relevance of the scientific and technical information being used by the EPA or proposed as the basis for Agency regulations;
    • review EPA research programs and plans;
    • provide science advice as requested by the EPA Administrator, and
    • advise the agency on broad scientific matters.
    Most (though not all) preliminary work of the SAB is done by subcommittees or panels focused on various environmental science topics. These groups are chaired by SAB members. Recommendations of subcommittees and panels are transmitted to the SAB for discussion and deliberation. Recommendations are forwarded to EPA only if the SAB determines that it is appropriate.
  • About this Website

    This website provides information on:

    • the committees and membership of the SAB, including the annual process for nominating and providing comment on candidate experts to serve on the chartered SAB and SAB standing committees,
    • SAB advisory activities and reports,
    • how you can participate in the science advisory process, including the use of EPA's Web-based process for public nomination of experts, and
    • how to contact the SAB's Designated Federal Officer to obtain additional information about the SAB.
    Our recent additions page provides information on recent draft reports, Federal Register notices, upcoming meetings, recently announced advisory activities, and recently finalized reports.

  • Recent additions and SAB Recent Happenings RSS More about RSS news feeds (USA.gov)

Upcoming and Recent Meetings

  • 09/10/2020 A Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Reduced-Form Tools Review Panel
  • 09/15/2020 Public Meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board
More Meetings

Recent Reports

Advisory Reports
  • 08/28/2020 - Consultation on New Approach Methods and Reducing the Use of Laboratory Animals for Chronic and Carcinogenicity Testing
  • 08/28/2020 - Technical Review of EPA’s Computable General Equilibrium Model, SAGE
  • 08/03/2020 - Review of the All Ages Lead Model External Review Draft 2.0
  • 07/31/2020 - Consultation on EPA’s Consolidated Human Toxicity Assessment Guideline
  • 06/12/2020 - Science Advisory Board (SAB) Consideration of the Scientific and Technical Basis of EPA’s Proposed Rule Titled National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Revisions
Agency Responses to Advice More Reports and Agency Responses

Committees, Panels and Membership
  • Current Committees and Panels
  • Annual Membership Process
  • Public Input on Membership
    • Comments Requested on List of Candidates
      10/05/2020 (Due Date) - FY2021 Nominations for Chartered Science Advisory Board (SAB) Membership
      10/05/2020 (Due Date) - FY2021 Nominations for Science Advisory Board (SAB) Drinking Water Committee Membership
      10/05/2020 (Due Date) - FY2021 Nominations for Science Advisory Board (SAB) Agricultural Science Committee Membership
      10/05/2020 (Due Date) - FY2021 Nominations for Science Advisory Board (SAB) Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee Membership
      10/05/2020 (Due Date) - FY2021 Nominations for Science Advisory Board (SAB) Radiation Advisory Committee Membership
      09/02/2020 (Due Date) - Review of Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site-Investigation Manual (MARSSIM), Revision 2