U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management held a Hearing on Agency Use of Science in the Rulemaking Process to Provide Proposals for Improving Transparency and Accountability
On March 29, the House Science Committee convened a hearing titled, “Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method.” The scientific method has become a central issue in the committee’s work this year. The House has passed two bills to overhaul how the Environmental Protection Agency uses and reviews science. Proponents say the legislation would … Continue reading Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method
Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and Governance, a new report of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine is now available.
On January 18, 2017, the FDA released draft revised Guidance for Industry (GFI) #187, “Regulation of Intentionally Altered Genomic DNA in Animals,” and requested public comment regarding the regulation of animals with intentionally altered genomic DNA.
Public Meeting: Synthetic Biology. To assist the U.S. Department of Defense’s Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CBDP), The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has appointed an ad hoc committee to address the changing nature of the biodefense threat in the age of synthetic biology.
21st Century Cures Act PASSES Senate 94-5 . More than $192 million in lobbying expenses have been spent on the 21st Century Cures Act and other legislative priorities by 58 pharmaceutical companies, 24 device companies and 26 biotech companies, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of lobbying data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee held an investigative oversight meeting with EPA to determine EPA’s role in the "ZEV Investments" portion of the Volkswagen Emissions Cheating Settlement and the potential impacts on the policymaking landscape.