Benefits of Iterative Processing

The iterative - regularly repeated - nature of risk assessment is fundamental to good assessment practice (Figure 2, page 28). The question-and-answer "conversations" inform applicants of regulatory concerns so that they may provide additional information, satisfy unintended omissions, and clarify language. Information gaps that become evident through the process draw attention to biosafety-related topics that need to be researched.

Reviewers interact primarily with applicants during the review process. Contacts with the scientific community, decision makers, and the public may be likely as well. By conducting several rounds

Additional Information

Response to Questions

Prepared Questions

Figure 2. The iterative nature of risk assessment. Risk assessment proceeds by cycles of questions and answers between the applicant and biosafety reviewers. Through this interactive process, initial and emerging information needs can be addressed so that the biosafety committee can formulate a set of recommendations regarding the proposed activity.

of questions and answers with the applicant, reviewers have an opportunity to ask new questions based on points raised by outside contacts, thus bringing wider input to the risk-assessment process.

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