three reasons why risk assessments designed to support choice and active participation need to be reviewed and updated regularly
Risk analysis is a powerful tool that should be used to enhance the scientific basis of regulatory decisions. It should be conducted within CFSAN through the efforts of risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication teams. [ Risk assessment should be conducted in an iterative manner that allows refinement of the risk assessment question(s), key assumptions, and data used in the model.
The exchange of information (communication) within and between the risk analysis teams, with other agencies, and stakeholders (including industry, consumer groups, and other interested parties) should be encouraged by active participation in the process and collaboration, when appropriate.
To support and promote the use of a risk analysis framework for initiating and conducting 'major' risk assessments, CFSAN should:
Adopt a decision-based approach to identify and select risk assessments conducted by CFSAN, particularly those that are 'major' (complex and impact or involve multiple offices). Available resources, regulatory needs, and public health concerns should be considered in the selection of risk assessments. This approach should be implemented for microbial risk assessments now, and later expanded to include chemical and other non-microbial hazards.
Establish a procedure for the conduct of risk assessment within a risk analysis framework. ]
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