Records : National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Board of Scientific Counselors : records of the first meeting, May 20-21, 2004
Corporate Authors:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ; National Center for Environmental Health (U.S.), Board of Scientific Counselors. ; United States. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Board of Scientific Counselors.
Description:The first meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors to the newly consolidated National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) was held in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 20-21, 2004. The meeting focused on the reconstitution of the subcommittees of ATSDR’s Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), a proposal to formally establish peer review of NCEH/ATSDR’s programs as an ongoing process, and on the effect of CDC’s Futures Initiative on the agency as a whole.
Presentations were provided relevant to each of the above, and specifics on the second National Human Exposure Report (NHER) and the peer review done of that program; on the organization of this committee and its sub-entities under the Federal Advisory Committee Act; on the process of setting priorities for public health assessments at Superfund and Petition sites; and on the use of disease burden as a method of setting priorities for agency work.
Reconstituted formal subcommittees were the Community and Tribal Subcommittee and the Program Peer Review Subcommittee. The previous Health Department Subcommittee was reconstituted as a workgroup. The Workgroup’s status will be reviewed in a year.
Public comment supported development of the public workforce, the reinstitution of the Community and Tribal Subcommittee (CTS), and raised the issues of “brownhouses” and agency communication and work in the communities.
In action items, NCEH/ATSDR agreed to shorten the minutes format and to provide the committee with an NCEH/ATSDR budget breakdown and the names of the toxicological experts who recommended on the exposure prioritizations for the NHER. Committee members offered to provide the EPA Advisory Committee’s consensus recommendations which involve ATSDR. Members offered to help the agency in listing standard batteries of tests across sites, to achieve more uniform data for analysis, and to develop a model of a document of collected site-specific data. The latter’s purpose would be to help congressional representatives explain the agency’s priorities to their own constituents.
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