Guidelines for the communication of Biomonitoring Equivalents: report from the Biomonitoring Equivalents Expert Workshop

LaKind, Judy S., Aylward, Lesa L., Brunk, Conrad, DiZio, Stephen, Dourson, Michael, Goldstein, Daniel A., Kilpatrick, Michael E., Krewski, Daniel, Bartels, Michael J., Barton, Hugh A., Boogaard, Peter J., Lipscomb, John, Krishnan, Kannan, Nordberg, Monica, Okino, Miles, Tan, Yu-Mei, Viau, Claude, Yager, Janice W. and Hays, Sean M. (2008) Guidelines for the communication of Biomonitoring Equivalents: report from the Biomonitoring Equivalents Expert Workshop. Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, 51 3 SUPPL.: S16-S26. doi:10.1016/j.yrtph.2008.05.007


Author LaKind, Judy S.
Aylward, Lesa L.
Brunk, Conrad
DiZio, Stephen
Dourson, Michael
Goldstein, Daniel A.
Kilpatrick, Michael E.
Krewski, Daniel
Bartels, Michael J.
Barton, Hugh A.
Boogaard, Peter J.
Lipscomb, John
Krishnan, Kannan
Nordberg, Monica
Okino, Miles
Tan, Yu-Mei
Viau, Claude
Yager, Janice W.
Hays, Sean M.
Title Guidelines for the communication of Biomonitoring Equivalents: report from the Biomonitoring Equivalents Expert Workshop
Journal name Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0273-2300
1096-0295
Publication date 2008-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.yrtph.2008.05.007
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 51
Issue 3 SUPPL.
Start page S16
End page S26
Total pages 11
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Abstract Biomonitoring Equivalents (BEs) are screening tools for interpreting biomonitoring data. However, the development of BEs brings to the public a relatively novel concept in the field of health risk assessment and presents new challenges for environmental risk communication. This paper provides guidance on methods for conveying information to the general public, the health care community, regulators and other interested parties regarding how chemical-specific BEs are derived, what they mean in terms of health, and the challenges and questions related to interpretation and communication of biomonitoring data. Key communication issues include: (i) developing a definition of the BE that accurately captures the BE concept in lay terms, (ii) how to compare population biomonitoring data to BEs, (iii) interpreting biomonitoring data that exceed BEs for a specific chemical, (iv) how to best describe the confidence in chemical-specific BEs, and (v) key requirements for effective communication with health care professionals. While the risk communication literature specific to biomonitoring is sparse, many of the concepts developed for traditional risk assessments apply, including transparency and discussions of confidence and uncertainty. Communication of BEs will require outreach, education, and development of communication materials specific to several audiences including the lay public and health care providers.
Keyword BEs
Biomonitoring
Biomonitoring Equivalents
Exposure guidance values
Risk communication
Transparency
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology Publications
 
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