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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 25, 2012) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement regarding comments submitted to the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology concerning a joint subcommittee hearing examining how the National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) Report on Carcinogens (RoC) uses science to meet its statutory obligations and its impact on jobs and the economy:
“America's consumers, workers, retailers and manufacturers must have confidence that the government's chemical evaluations are accurate and credible. Indeed, public health decisions, American innovation and jobs depend on the decisions made in chemical evaluations. We must ensure that those decisions are made on the basis of the highest quality and most reliable science.
“Unfortunately, the NTP’s RoC continues to fall well short of meeting the benchmarks of objectivity, scientific accuracy, and transparency necessary to ensuring high quality, reliable assessments.
“ACC has significant concerns with the quality of the RoC evaluation process, as well as the duplicative, inconsistent scientific review processes that exist across multiple agencies and departments.
“The NTP RoC has reached an important crossroad—unless its policies and practices are revised and significantly improved to meet the highest standards of scientific integrity, transparency, and peer review, flawed assessments will continue to be produced. Continued public confusion, unwarranted alarm, unnecessary product de-selection and litigation will continue to be the result.
“Improving the quality of chemical assessments will lead to significant benefits for everyone through better public health decisions based on accurate information and better use of public and private sector resources that can be refocused on promoting American jobs and innovation.”
ACC recommended that the Committees review the relevance and value of existing chemical evaluation programs in order to see if duplicative and unnecessary efforts can be eliminated. ACC also recommended that the Committees direct NTP to wait for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to complete its review of the 12th RoC evaluations for styrene and formaldehyde before moving ahead with the 13th RoC.
View ACC's full comments: ACC Letter to House Science Committee Regarding Joint Hearing on the Report on Carcinogens.