Overview of the Committee on Emerging Issues and Data on Environmental Contaminants
The Committee on Emerging Issues and Data on Environmental Contaminants was convened by the National Research Council (NRC) at the request of NIEHS. The committee serves to provide a public forum for communication between government, industry, environmental groups, and the academic community about emerging issues in the environmental health sciences. At present, the committee is focused on toxicogenomics and its applications in environmental and pharmaceutical safety assessment, risk communication, and public policy. A primary function of this committee is to sponsor workshops on issues of interest in the evolving field of toxicogenomics. These workshops are developed by ad hoc NRC committees largely composed of members from the standing committee.
In addition, the standing committee benefits from input from the Federal Liaison Group. The group, chaired at the time of the meeting by Samuel Wilson, of NIEHS, consists of representatives from various federal agencies with interest in toxicogenomic technologies and applications. Members of the Federal Liaison Group are listed in Appendix C of this report.