Best available science

Best available science means science that is reliable and unbiased. Use of best available science involves the use of supporting studies conducted in accordance with sound and objective science practices, including, when available, peer reviewed science and supporting studies and data collected by accepted methods or best available methods (if the reliability of the method and the nature of the decision justifies use of the data). Additionally, EPA will consider as applicable:
(1) The extent to which the scientific information, technical procedures, measures, methods, protocols, methodologies, or models employed to generate the information are reasonable for and consistent with the intended use of the information;
(2) The extent to which the information is relevant for the Administrator's use in making a decision about a chemical substance or mixture;
(3) The degree of clarity and completeness with which the data, assumptions, methods, quality assurance, and analyses employed to generate the information are documented;
(4) The extent to which the variability and uncertainty in the information, or in the procedures, measures, methods, protocols, methodologies, or models, are evaluated and characterized; and
(5) The extent of independent verification or peer review of the information or of the procedures, measures, methods, protocols, methodologies or models.

Source

40 CFR § 702.33


Scoping language

All definitions in TSCA apply to this subpart. In addition, the following definitions apply:

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