Consensus Report

A Framework to Guide Selection of Chemical Alternatives (2014)

Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to address a particular statement of task and is subject to a rigorous, independent peer review; while the reports represent views of the committee, they also are endorsed by the Academy. Learn more on our expert consensus reports.

Concerns about the health and environmental impacts associated with some chemical products and processes have motivated a growing number of national, state, and local governments, manufacturers, and retailers to develop assessments and approaches for finding safer chemical substitutes. These existing assessment frameworks reflect a range of different priorities, whether the focus is on protecting workers, the environment, the end users of products, or other interests. This report builds on those frameworks to develop a more universally-applicable decision framework for evaluating potentially safer chemical alternatives.

Watch an archived webinar on this report, featuring a presentation by the Chair of the report’s authoring committee, David Dorman of North Carolina State University, followed by a Q&A session with Dr. Dorman and several other committee members. For more information on this study and the report, please contact Dr. Marilee Shelton-Davenport at