EPA has updated its Human Health Benchmarks for Pesticides (HHBPs), reflecting the latest scientific information, and with all benchmarks calculated using updated exposure assumptions. HHBPs are levels of certain pesticides in drinking water (or its source waters) at or below which adverse health effects are not anticipated from one-day or lifetime exposures. A total of 394 HHBPs are now available for pesticides that are currently registered for use on food crops. They are based on acute and chronic oral reference doses (RfDs) previously determined during the EPA’s pesticide registration process (a link to each source document is provided on the website). The benchmarks are for pesticides for which the agency has not issued a drinking water health advisory or set an enforceable federal drinking water standard. A HHBP fact sheet and technical document have been released alongside this database update.

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (2017). Human Health Benchmarks for Pesticides.



The above items were taken from the January/February 2017 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here)

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