Risk Information Exchange

The Risk Information Exchange (RiskIE) is a free Internet database tracking in-progress and recently completed chemical risk assessments and toxicity evaluations. RiskIE was created in 2007 by Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) [http://www.tera.org ] and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to stimulate the free-flow of information between indepenent organizations. By identifying groups working on a chemical or issue of interest, stakeholders (e.g., states, provinces, tribes, industry, public interest groups, or federal agency stakeholders) are able to provide input on assessments that are underway and/or develop collaborations with document authors. The networking created by this system decreases duplication of effort and encourages data sharing and collaboration— resulting in higher quality assessment documents. [Wullenweber, A., Kroner, O., Kohrman, M., Maier, A., Dourson, M., Rak, A., Wexler, P., Tomljanovic, C. (2008) Resources for global risk assessment: The International Toxicity Estimates for Risk (ITER) and Risk Information Exchange (RiskIE) databases, Toxicol. Appl. Pharmacol. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WXH-4SWN0KF-7&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=1738c783515877e545716f4955315cc6]

By allowing for user input of projects, RiskIE updated the risk data collection model to become the first chemical risk database truly open for global participation. Under the European Union's new chemical regulation Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals (REACH), chemical manufacturers will be required to provide toxicological data for any product entering the EU. As a global tracking system, RiskIE enables manufacturers and risk scientists to keep abreast of current chemical evaluations, identify opportunities for collaborations, and decide how to efficiently proceed with chemical registration.

Whereas risk databases have historically managed the risk data of a single country/organization (with some exceptions, e.g., Risk Assessment Infomation System (RAIS), International Toxicity Estimates for Risk (ITER), Toxipedia), RiskIE offers a centralized database open to all.

RiskIE is a resource of the Alliance for Risk Assessment (ARA) [http://allianceforrisk.org] , serving to bridge the communication gap among government, industry, academic, and environmental stakeholders. [http://allianceforrisk.org/RiskIE/RiskIE_FAQ.htm]

References

1. http://www.tera.org
2. Wullenweber, A., Kroner, O., Kohrman, M., Maier, A., Dourson, M., Rak, A., Wexler, P., Tomljanovic, C. (2008) Resources for global risk assessment: The International Toxicity Estimates for Risk (ITER) and Risk Information Exchange (RiskIE) databases, Toxicol. Appl. Pharmacol. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WXH-4SWN0KF-7&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=1738c783515877e545716f4955315cc6
3. http://allianceforrisk.org
4. http://allianceforrisk.org/RiskIE/RiskIE_FAQ.htm
5. Risk Related Databases and other Resources from the US National Library of Medicine (NLM). Wexler P*; National Library of Medicina. 2nd World Congress on Risk. Guadalajara, Mexico. http://birenheide.com/sra/2008AM/program/singlesession.php3?sessid=W4-C
6. Collaboration and Communication of Global Risk Assessment Information. Wullenweber A, Kroner O, Patterson J*, Wexler P, Rak A, Tomljanovic C; Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment; National Library of Medicine; Noblis, Inc.; Concurrent Technologies Corporation. 2nd World Congress on Risk. Guadalajara, Mexico. http://birenheide.com/sra/2008AM/program/singlesession.php3?sessid=W4-C


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