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Peer Consultation Meeting on Methyl Ethyl Ketone

Charles Miller rellim at tulane.edu
Mon Jan 12 11:57:50 EST 2004

Voluntary Children¹s Chemical Evaluation Program Peer Consultation Meeting
on Methyl Ethyl Ketone

The Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP) pilot program
continues with a second year of peer consultations on assessments of
chemical risks to children.  On February 19, 2004, a peer consultation panel
will discuss an assessment on methyl ethyl ketone (MEK). The health risk
assessment was submitted by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) Ketones
Panel and discusses whether additional scientific data are needed to
characterize potential health risks to children from exposure to MEK.
Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA), a non-profit, 501(c)(3)
organization, is convening this peer consultation.  The meeting is open to
the public and more information, including registration, logistics, the
assessment document, and panel charge is available at


The VCCEP program is a voluntary pilot program and part of the Environmental
Protection Agency¹s (EPA) Chemical Right-to-Know Initiative
<http://www.epa.gov/oppt/chemrtk/index.htm> .  The goal of the VCCEP program
is to enable the public to better understand the potential health risks to
children associated with certain chemical exposures.  EPA has asked
companies that manufacture and/or import 23 chemicals (which have been found
in human tissues and the environment in various monitoring programs) to
volunteer for a pilot program and sponsor Tier 1 chemical evaluations.
Sponsorship requires the companies to collect or develop health effects and
exposure information on their chemical(s) and then to integrate that
information in a risk assessment and a ³data needs² assessment.  The
assessments developed by the sponsors will be discussed by panels of
scientific experts using a peer consultation process. Panel members will
make recommendations regarding toxicity and exposure data needs in the
context of children¹s risk and this program.  Experts have experience in
toxicity testing, exposure evaluation, and risk assessment.

TERA is responsible for convening and chairing panel meetings to evaluate
the sponsors¹ submissions.  TERA independently selects the panel members
upon consideration of those nominated by stakeholders and the public.
Currently there are nine scientific experts who serve as a Core Panel for
each meeting.  Several additional ad hoc panel members are selected for each
meeting.  TERA prepares a report for each meeting and makes this report
available to the public.  These peer consultation meetings are open to the
public. More information about the VCCEP is available in the December 26,
2000, Federal Register (65 FR 81700)
<http://www.epa.gov/oppt/chemrtk/ts00274d.htm>  and on EPA¹s VCCEP
<http://www.epa.gov/chemrtk/vccep/index.htm>  website; and information about
the Peer Consultation aspect of VCCEP can be found on TERA¹s website at

Jacqueline Patterson, M.En.
Peer Consultation and Review Program Manager
Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA)
1757 Chase Ave. 
Cincinnati, OH 45223
patterson at tera.org 

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