Biomonitoring California Scientific Guidance Panel Meeting, July 2012

Meeting Date & Time: Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
Elihu Harris State Building, Room 2, 2nd floor, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland

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Biomonitoring California
Scientific Guidance Panel Meeting
Elihu Harris State Building
Room 2, 2nd floor, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland
July 26, 2012: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

George Alexeeff, Director, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)

Overview of the Meeting
Ulrike Luderer, Chair, Scientific Guidance Panel (SGP)

Program Update

Laboratory Update


Chemical Selection Update

Biomonitoring Chemicals with Short Half-lives in Humans:  Issues in Interpreting and Communicating Individual Results

Discussion Questions and List of Background References

Open Public Comment Period

Wrap up

Biomonitoring California and Its Scientific Guidance Panel

The Scientific Guidance Panel (SGP) of the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program (codified at Health and Safety Code section 105440 et seq.; also known as Biomonitoring California) was established in legislation (SB 1379, Perata and Ortiz, Chapter 599, Statutes of 2006) to provide scientific oversight to the Program.  The Program is a collaboration of three departments in California state government:  the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).  The Program measures levels of environmental contaminants in California residents.  This information will be used to identify emerging environmental hazards and to evaluate the effectiveness of existing environmental programs.  Biomonitoring data will ultimately be used by policy-makers to protect Californians from environmental contaminants through better environmental programs and laws.


Meeting Participation and Comment

The order of items on the agenda is subject to change at the discretion of the Chair.  Materials related to the meeting are posted on the Biomonitoring California website.

Members of the public and representatives of organizations are invited to attend and participate in the SGP meeting.  To ensure that the meeting proceeds on schedule and all commenters have the opportunity to speak, public comments may be subject to time limits.  If necessary, the time allotted for public comments will be divided equally among all the individuals wishing to speak. 

If you have materials relevant to an agenda topic that you would like to provide to the SGP in advance of the meeting, please send one electronic copy (either by email to or by mail to Biomonitoring California c/o OEHHA, 1515 Clay St, 16th Floor Oakland, CA 94612) 14 calendar days prior to the meeting.  If you are unable to meet the deadline for advance distribution, please bring 12 paper copies and one electronic copy of the materials to the meeting.  Relevant materials will be made available to the SGP.

Biomonitoring California complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by ensuring that the facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities, and by providing this notice and information in alternative formats when requested. If you have special accommodation or language needs, please contact the program by calling (510) 622-3190 or by sending an e-mail to  TTY/TDD/Speech-to-Speech users may dial 7-1-1 for the California Relay Service.  It is requested, but not required, that you contact us at least five days before the meeting so we can ensure that the necessary staff or equipment will be available for you at the meeting.


We regret we are unable to webcast this meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting in person and wish to provide comments on agenda items, please send an email to  by noon on July 26, 2012.

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