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... In response to the request, the National Research Council convened the Committee to Review California's Risk-Assessment Process for Pesticides to determine whether DPR's processes of hazard identification, exposure assessment, dose–response analysis, and risk characterization are consistent with best practices, such as those outlined in recent National Research Council reports. The committee also was asked to evaluate the methods used for setting priorities among pesticides for risk assessment and to identify possible options for improving efficiency and productivity.
From page 4...
... The 2009 National Research Council report Science and Decisions: Advancing Risk Assessment advocates that those steps be performed in consultation with decision-makers because it is critically important for the people who perform the risk assessment to understand the questions being asked and the decisions to be made by risk managers. Under the statutes within which DPR operates, it might be possible to develop a general catalog of the decisions and the options for making them.
From page 5...
...  When an independent assessment is warranted, DPR should incorporate problem formulation and other relevant elements recommended in the 2009 National Research Council report Science and Decisions: Advancing Risk Assessment into its risk-assessment process. An important consideration is that risk managers should be consulted in the problem-formulation stage so that a risk assessment can be designed to address the decisions that need to be made by managers and other stakeholders.
From page 6...
... California Data to Inform Priority-Setting and Risk Assessment DPR supplements its exposure assessments with California-specific information, which the committee judges to be the most valuable contribution to DPR's risk-assessment process. California routinely collects data on agricultural and other pesticide uses, air concentrations of some pesticides, residue data, and reports of human pesticide-related illnesses.

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