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The good, the bad, and the ugly: How we decide what data to use in our regulations

Lecture | December 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 5400 Berkeley Way West


Dr. Shelley DuTeaux, PhD, MPH, Human Health Assessment Branch, California Department of Pesticide Regulation

Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health


We often have to use imperfect, messy, and even missing data in setting regulatory targets. Different agencies have different approaches to setting regulatory targets depending on the laws that define their statutory authority. Because of this, organizations may come to very different decisions for same chemical using same data. This presentation will use a series of pesticides to show how difficult it can be to make the best science-based judgments to protect public health and the environment on an international, national, and even the state level. After the presentation, participants will hopefully gain a better appreciation for the difficulties and challenges surrounding risk-based decision making.


CA, llutzker@berkeley.edu