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WASHINGTON (January 11, 2013)
The National Academies announced the provisional membership of its committee to conduct a scientific peer review of the formaldehyde assessment in the National Toxicology Program's 12th Report on Carcinogens this week. The scientific review is required by Congressional report language included in the 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act passed in late 2011. Following this announcement, Steve Risotto, senior director at the American Chemistry Council (ACC) released the following statement:
"ACC is pleased that the National Academies has announced the provisional membership of the committee to review the RoC determination for formaldehyde. We support a robust review of formaldehyde that evaluates all the relevant scientific information, including information relating to: potential modes of action, human relevance, and responses at environmentally relevant exposures, to make an independent weight of evidence determination.
"Additionally, ACC encourages the NAS effort to evaluate the current RoC listing criteria to evaluate whether they lead to scientifically sound recommendations. This is particularly important to ensuring that all relevant information is incorporated into future listing determinations."
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