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How is the science of toxicology applied to government regulations to ensure the protection of individuals and the environment?

Topic

Risk assessment and risk management

Framing Question

How is the science of toxicology applied to government regulations to ensure the protection of individuals and the environment?

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the controversy of threshold versus non-threshold assumptions with regard to regulatory policy regarding toxicants.
  • Describe the major environmental laws of the United States (and/or other nations).
  • Discuss the importance of regulatory harmonization across various markets.
  • Describe how toxicology testing is used to inform regulatory policy.
  • Describe efforts to reduce the use of animals in research.
  • Contrast risk assessment and risk management.

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