Consensus Report

Review of Report and Approach to Evaluating Long-Term Health Effect in Army Test Subjects -- Interim Report (2018)

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Between 1942 and 1975, the U.S. Army conducted tests with human subjects to study the effects of a variety of agents, including chemical warfare and biological agents. A recent report evaluated the potential long-term health effects in these former test subjects from their exposures. The report was prepared to assist the Army with making legal determinations regarding medical care for the test participants.

This two-phase study examines whether the report appropriately identified potential long-term health effects from exposures during testing and used a weight-of-evidence approach to characterize the strength of association between agents and their potential effects. This is the first interim report of that committee.