EPA Seeks Nominations for New Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals

Published September 7, 2016

EPA is seeking nominations for its newly established Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC), which will support implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act by providing advice and recommendations on the scientific and technical aspects of risk assessments, methodologies, and pollution prevention measures and approaches. The Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which finalized reform of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), requires EPA to evaluate the safety of existing chemicals in commerce, starting with those most likely to cause risks, and to evaluate new and existing chemicals against a new risk-based safety standard that includes explicit considerations for vulnerable populations. EPA seeks candidates for potential membership in SACC who have demonstrated a high level of expertise in scientific and technical fields relevant to chemical risk assessment and pollution prevention. 

SACC will comprise approximately 14 members who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, including professional experiences in government, labor, public health, public interest, animal protection, industry, and other groups. Nine SACC members will potentially be selected from interested and available members of EPA’s existing Chemical Safety Advisory Committee. A list of those individuals is available via the Federal Register. EPA anticipates selecting five new members of SACC, and will consider nominees representing disciplines such as human health and ecological risk assessment, epidemiology, chemical exposure to susceptible life stages and subpopulations, and more.

To learn more about submitting nominations, please see the agency’s Federal Register notice​.​​