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Subcommittees Examine Carcinogen Classification Process and Small Business

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Location: Washington, DC

The House Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology today joined the Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight in holding a hearing to examine how the Department of Health and Human Services' National Toxicology Program Report on Carcinogen classification process affects small businesses.

The Report on Carcinogens (RoC) is a Congressionally mandated, science-based, public health report that identifies substances that may pose a risk to people in the United States. The National Toxicology Program published the 12th RoC last year and is embarking on preparations for the 13th RoC.

"While the National Toxicology Program is preparing the 13th Report on Carcinogens, it is important that we have an open conversation about how the process could negatively affect small businesses," said Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology Chairwoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC). "When the government publishes scientific information that could have widespread negative consequence on small business owners, the government has the responsibility to ensure that the information is determined with a scientifically sound process. It is extremely important that we protect Americans from harmful substances, but this can be done while also protecting our nation's primary job creators from premature backlash and unnecessary burdens."

"As a legislator, I am very concerned with protecting public health and safety," said Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Paul Broun, M.D. (R-GA). "As a physician, I take this responsibility even more seriously. When substances are found to be harmful, we should make every effort to minimize the public's exposure. We also have a responsibility to ensure that these determinations are appropriate, are not arbitrary or capricious, and are communicated correctly."

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