NIOSH Peer Review Agenda

At a glance

NIOSH invites outside experts to provide peer review of draft documents that are likely to have impact on public policy or the private sector. These documents are designated as Influential Scientific Information or Highly Influential Scientific Assessments. To be transparent about this process, NIOSH shares informaton about current and recently completed peer reviews.

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Peer review ensures that the quality of published information meets the standards of the scientific and technical community. Specialists in the field who were not involved in writing the draft document review and provide feedback. Peer reviewers may provide overall comments or respond to specific technical questions posed by the authors.

NIOSH provides information on this page about peer review of Influential Scientific Information and Highly Influential Scientific Assessments. These documents have a potential impact on public policy or the private sector. Sharing this information demonstrates NIOSH's efforts to use only the most

  • transparent and independent peer review,
  • appropriate research methods, and
  • highest level of data quality.

In addition, this information demonstrates NIOSH compliance with the Information Quality Act (2000), 44 U.S.C. §3516. NIOSH also complies with the peer review standards developed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Department of Health and Human Services, and CDC. The OMB Peer Review Bulletin describes specific requirements. OMB also encourages federal agencies to make specific information on the peer review of influential documents publicly available.


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Highly Influential Scientific Assessments under development

There are currently no Highly Influential Scientific Assessments under development.

Influential Scientific Information under development

Recently published

The following publications contain highly influential or influential scientific information.





This information is distributed solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. It has not been formally disseminated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy.