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®: CRE Regulatory Action of the Week

CRE's Data Quality Act Petition Causes International Debate
On September 8, 2003, CRE filed a petition with HHS claiming that WHO studies must meet Data Quality Act standards before they can be used to develop HHS' 2005 Dietary Guidelines. CRE's Petition is based in part on the Data Quality Act's pre-dissemination review requirements. An article published by Inside Washington Publishers discusses the international reaction to CRE's Petition. According to the article, international scientists view the petition "as another industry effort to weaken federal regulations by 'bullying' scientific institutions " like WHO. The article correctly provides CRE's different point of view: international studies must meet the same quality standards as domestic studies if federal agencies are to use them. CRE's position has been reinforced by a recent statement by NHTSA. The article points out that this debate is likely to expand to other contexts such as the use of IARC studies at Superfund Sites.

  • Click for Inside Washington article.
  • Click to read more about CRE's HHS Petition.
  • Click to read about NHTSA statement.