NCHR Comments on CPSC Agenda and Priorities for FY2018/2019

July 26, 2017. Two priorities that are clearly consistent with CPSC priorities are the safety of children’s products. We are very concerned about exposures to phthalates in children’s toys and other products as well as endocrine-disrupting chemicals and other safety concerns related to recycled tire crumb rubber and other artificial turf (including “poured in place” surfaces).

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National Center for Health Research’s Public Comments on the USPSTF’s Draft Research Plan for Tobacco and Nicotine Use Prevention in Children and Adolescents: Primary Care Interventions

July 21, 2017. In conclusion, we support many of the methodological proposals included in USPSTF’s draft research plan to study the impact of interventions to prevent and reduce tobacco and nicotine use in children and adolescents. However, the draft approach would not evaluate the effectiveness of specific types of interventions on subgroups of children and adolescents. We strongly recommend making the above changes to strengthen the utility of the research findings that USPSTF will rely on for its recommendations.

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NCHR Comments on NTP’s Crumb Rubber Research Program Update

June 29, 2017. The safety of playground and playing field materials is an important issue for children, families, athletes, and all individuals engaging in leisure and professional activities on these surfaces. We commend the NTP for providing an open discussion on their study of crumb rubber. This represents a positive effort to help ensure that this widely-used material is safe for children and athletes. Thorough and transparent research with clearly communicated data will advance evidence that will be accepted by the scientific community and used effectively by policy makers and the public. Meanwhile, NTP should be transparent about evidence indicating safety concerns.

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