Report on the Peer Review Workshop on Revisions to the Exposure Factors Handbook
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A balanced group of expert peer reviewers was selected from academia, industry, and government. Selected reviewers provided scientific and technical expertise in the following disciplines: water ingestion, food ingestion, inhalation rates, soil ingestion, fish consumption, dermal contact, human activity patterns, residence characteristics, and survey statistics.
Based on comments made during workshop discussions and on work group presentations, peer reviewers generally agreed on the following:
-- The revised Handbook will serve an important need.
-- The Handbook should provide some method of evaluating the quality of the studies included.
-- Although certain studies in the Handbook are "key" and "relevant," some studies are inappropriate or dated. Moreover, studies on specific populations should be eliminated or included with a strong caution about their use.
-- Presentation of data is important, but could be enhanced with a graphical format.
-- Available literature should be more thoroughly reviewed (studies seemed to have been selected without regard for their specific contribution to the exposure assessment field).