Optimizing Confidence in Decision Making: The Science in Product Health Safety Assessment
Monday, November 15 · 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Can We Have Confidence in the Safety of Disinfectant Products? Of course, we can! Disinfectant products for consumer and professional uses are evaluated through product safety assessment protocols. Scientific information is the backbone for determining if a product is safe for the people making the product and those who use the product. However, not all published scientific information is equally reliable. Research findings can be messy and inconsistent, which could lead to inaccurate interpretations and misperceptions about the safety of a product.
So, how can we sort through the messy data to give the most weight to high-quality information? Regulators achieve this goal through transparent frameworks for scientific research, using several tools to ensure clarity and improve confidence. First, gather and integrate evidence in a transparent and unbiased fashion, considering study quality. Second, use review by scientific peers. Third, engage all stakeholders to ensure the product safety assessments are thorough, clear, and communicate what we know and do not know. Current examples are used to highlight the effective use and misuse of scientific information for product safety.