The Obama administration is likely to work on trade deals this year and is hoping Congress will revive expired presidential authority to directly submit trade agreements for a vote. "Recognizing that a robust, agile U.S. trade agenda is essential to U.S. economic expansion and job growth, we fully support the president's call for trade-promotion authority," the American Chemistry Council said.
The group Food Supplements Europe includes BASF, DSM, Merck and Bayer and is seeking to promote engagement with regulators and scientists. "We will work progressively to defend the interests of the sector and build a regulatory environment that is proportionate via constructive dialogue with regulators," the group said.
The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to prioritize its Next Generation Compliance initiative during the next three fiscal years. Critics say the plan is too wide-ranging and interferes with regulatory authority traditionally held by states. "It would be premature to elevate Next Generation Compliance to the status of 'national enforcement initiative' before even the basic goals, milestones and significant action plans for the program have been developed and publicly vetted," the American Chemistry Council said in submitted comments.
Development of the 13th Report on Carcinogens should be suspended until after the National Academy of Sciences concludes its congressionally mandated review of the previous ROC, the American Chemistry Council argues. "[S]ignificant scientific flaws" are likely with the existing process, ACC says, as it "starts not with the data, but rather with the default assumption that essentially all tumors induced in animal studies infer carcinogenic hazard or risk to humans, and then requires that there be unequivocal evidence to refute this assumption."
Consultants can cause problems when given too broad a mandate, but they can bring significant value to specific questions and projects, writes Bernie Bulkin. Not all firms are right for all projects, Bulkin argues, so evaluate them on a case-by-case basis and clarify who will actually be working on the project.