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Workshop to Discuss Systematic Review with the NAS (Dec 2018)

In December 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) hosted a workshop on current state-of-the-art methods for performing systematic reviews of mechanistic data in support of chemical assessments. Topic areas of discussion included:

  • Approaches and tools to search and screen the literature for mechanistic data,
  • Approaches to evaluating the validity of mechanistic studies,
  • Methods for assimilating and using mechanistic information to support evidence synthesis and integration, and
  • Practical experience with implementing systematic reviews of mechanistic evidence into human health assessments.

The objective of the workshop was to explore relevant strategies and tools that are being developed and used across the systematic review and risk assessment communities to assist the US Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) with developing guidance on performing systematic reviews of mechanistic data to support the chemical assessments in its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Program. 

A poster session was included at the workshop that had examples demonstrating the application of systematic review approaches to mechanistic data.

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