Risk Assessment and Communication: Consensus Reports

The division produces 60-70 reports per year. These reports are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to address a particular statement of task and is subject to a rigorous, independent peer review. The experts who volunteer their time participating on study committees are vetted to make sure that the committee has the range of expertise needed to address the task, that they have a balance of perspectives, and to identify and eliminate members with conflicts of interest. All reports undergo a rigorous, independent peer review to assure that the statement of task has been addressed, that conclusions are adequately supported, and that all important issues raised by the reviewers are addressed. Thus, while the reports represent views of the committee, they also are endorsed by the Academy.

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Review of the Department of Homeland Security's Approach to Risk Analysis (2010)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for mitigating a range of threats, including terrorism, natural disasters, and pandemics—and risk analysis is an essential part of fulfilling that responsibility. This report, undertaken by units across the National Research Council, evaluates risk assessment methods employed by the DHS, concluding that risk analysis capabilities are strong in the area of natural disaster response, bu... More >>

Responsible Research with Biological Select Agents and Toxins (2009)

The issue of laboratory security gained heightened public prominence after the FBI's 2008 revelation that they had identified an employee at a U.S. Army biomedical research lab as the perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax mail attacks. While a substantial body of regulation exists to oversee laboratories that study biological materials that might be used malevolently, the anthrax case raised questions for some as to whether further security measure... More >>

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Letter Report on the Review of the Food Safety and Inspection Service Risk-Based Approach to Public Health Attribution (2009)

The proper inspection of meat and poultry products -- foods that are major contributors to human-foodborne illness -- is vital to the public health of our nation. The task belongs to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which recently proposed a risk-based methodology for prioritizing its inspection of slaughtering and meat processing facilities. Facilities are ranked according to the risk thei... More >>

The New Orleans Hurricane Protection System: Assessing Pre-Katrina Vulnerability and Improving Mitigation and Preparedness (2009)

Hurricane Katrina, which struck New Orleans and surrounding areas in August 2005, ranks as one of the nation's most devastating natural disasters. Shortly after the storm, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers established a task force to assess the performance of the levees, floodwalls, and other structures comprising the area's hurricane protection system during Hurricane Katrina. At the request of the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Researc... More >>

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Review of the Methodology Proposed by the Food Safety and Inspection Service for Risk-Based Surveillance of In-Commerce Activities: A Letter Report (2009)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is the agency responsible for enforcing federal regulatory statutes applicable to meat, poultry, and egg products. The goal of the regulations is to ensure that the products are wholesome and safe for human consumption. This letter report, produced at the request of the Food Safety and Inspection Service, reviews new methods the agency has proposed to organize it... More >>