The public nomination period is NOW CLOSED. Thank you to all who submitted nominations for peer reviewers.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites the public to nominate scientific experts to be considered as peer reviewers for the external review of the draft documents entitled, “Health Effects Document for Perfluorooctanoic Acid” and “Health Effects Document for Perfluorooctane Sulfonate.” Any interested person or organization may nominate scientific experts to be considered as a peer reviewer. Self-nominations will also be accepted. Nominees should possess and demonstrate background knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:

• Epidemiology
• Toxicology (liver effects, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicology, etc.)
• Membrane Transport
• Human Health Risk Assessment
• Pharmacokinetic Models
• Mode-of-Action for Cancer and Noncancer Effects

Selection Criteria

Versar will consider and screen all candidates against the following selection criteria:

• Demonstrated expertise through relevant peer reviewed publications.
• Professional accomplishments and recognition by professional societies.
• Demonstrated ability to work constructively and effectively in a committee setting.
• Absence of financial conflicts of interest.
• No actual conflicts of interest or the appearance of lack of impartiality.
• Willingness to commit adequate time for the thorough review of the draft health effects documents for PFOA and PFOS commencing in June 2014 (exact date to be determined).
• Availability to participate in-person in a two-day peer review meeting in the Washington, DC metro area in July or August 2014 (exact date to be determined). Further information regarding the external peer review meeting will be announced at a later date in the Federal Register.

In addition, peer reviewer candidates must not have previously provided comments on the draft health effects documents for PFOA and PFOS; that is, anyone wishing to be considered as a peer reviewer must not submit comments during the 60-day public comment period. However, candidates not selected for the external peer review will be given a limited opportunity to submit public comments once the final peer reviewers are selected by Versar, Inc., the EPA contractor managing this peer review process.  

Selection Process

Public nominations will be compiled and evaluated by EPA’s contractor, Versar, Inc. Versar will notify candidates of selection or non-selection. Versar may also conduct an independent search for candidates to assemble a balanced group representing the expertise needed to fully evaluate EPA’s draft documents. Versar will consider and screen all candidates against the criteria listed above. Following the screening process, Versar will narrow the list of potential reviewers to 12-15 candidates. Prior to selecting the final peer reviewers, a second Federal Register notice will be published (exact date to be determined) to solicit public comments on the interim list of 12-15 candidates. The public will be requested to provide relevant information or documentation on the nominees that Versar should consider in evaluating the candidates within 21 days following the announcement of the interim candidates. Once the public comments on the interim list of candidates have been reviewed, Versar will select the final six to seven peer reviewers who, collectively, best provide expertise spanning the multiple areas listed above and, to the extent feasible, best provide a balance of perspectives.

Deadline for Nominations

The nomination period for scientific experts begins on February 28, 2014 and ends on March 21, 2014. Nominations are being accepted online through this internet website, by U.S. Postal mail, or by an overnight/priority mail. Please follow the instructions below for additional information.

How to Submit Nominations for Peer Reviewers

The public nomination period is NOW CLOSED. Thank you to all who submitted nominations for peer reviewers.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding the nomination process or website, please contact:

Versar, Inc.
6850 Versar Center
Springfield, VA 22151
Telephone: (703) 642-6727
Email: peerreview@versar.com (subject line: PFOA/PFOS Peer Review)