Next Generation Risk Assessment: Incorporation of Recent Advances in Molecular, Computational, and Systems Biology (External Review Draft)
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The landscape of chemical risk assessment is rapidly changing as a result of phenomenal advances in molecular systems biology, reports from the National Research Council, improved understanding of gene-environment interactions, and volumes of new toxicity data from the United States and Europe. In response, EPA initiated the “Advancing the Next Generation of Risk Assessment” (NexGen) effort, which aims to create a faster and more cost effective system for chemical risk assessment by incorporating new chemical testing data and advances in molecular and systems biology technologies. This effort involves the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Occupational Health and Safety, the Food and Drug Administration’s National Center for Toxicological Research, the National Human Genome Research Institute, California’s Environmental Protection Agency, the European Chemical Agency and the European Joint Research Center, as well as several academic institutions.
|Feb 2010||EPA initiated a Next Generation Risk Assessment (NexGen) program to identify and evaluate recent advances in biological and computational sciences and explore how new data and approaches might be used in risk assessment.|
|Nov 2010||EPA convened a three day expert scientist workshop, called "Advancing the Next Generation (NexGen) of Risk Assessment: The Prototype Workshop," on November 1–3, 2010, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The event was set up to discuss a draft framework, early draft prototypes, research, and other program elements. See the Prototype Workshop Summary Report (PDF, 34 pp, 547Kb).|
|Feb 2011||EPA sponsored a Public Dialogue Conference in Washington, DC, called "Advancing the Next Generation (NexGen) of Risk Assessment." This event engaged the public in the early stages of the NexGen program, help invitees share information, and EPA receive feedback. See the Public Dialogue Conference Summary Report (PDF).|
|Jun 2012||EPA supported and provided NexGen program speakers for an NRC convened workshop (called "Systems Biology – Informed Risk Assessment”) on June 14-15, 2012, in Washington, DC, to discuss emerging sciences in systems biology as tools to inform risk assessment and decision-making and to identify what key issues must be addressed.|
|Sep 2013||EPA releases the draft report, Next Generation Risk Assessment: Incorporation of Recent Advances in Molecular, Computational, and Systems Biology for public review and comment and external peer review. [Federal Register Sep 30, 2013]|
|Nov 2013||EPA extended the public comment deadline 60 more days, the new deadline for comments is January 13, 2014. [Federal Register Notice Nov 13, 2013.|
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