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RiskIE Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is RiskIE?


The Risk Information Exchange (RiskIE) is an Internet database that contains notifications about a variety of human health risk assessment projects that are in progress or recently completed.  This web-based system enables users to publicly share and track the progress of projects and can be used to identify opportunities for collaboration in the health protection efforts among organizations.  By providing this centralized source of project information, RiskIE aims to help bridge communication gaps among government, industry, academic, and environmental stakeholders of the risk assessment community.  RiskIE is one of the many risk resources provided by the Alliance for Risk Assessment.


2. How is the information on RiskIE compiled?


We are always seeking projects for inclusion on RiskIE.  Many of the projects currently tracked on RiskIE are publicly listed by the organization conducting the assessment.  We have compiled the data from these many lists to be available in one convenient centralized location.  Other organizations have submitted projects using the RiskIE Project Submission Form, or by email to RiskIE@tera.org.  


3.  How does RiskIE relate to the International Toxicity Estimates for Risk Database (ITER)?


RiskIE complements ITER in that RiskIE contains notifications of risk assessment work in progress, and includes information about other risk assessment work that is not chemical-specific.  ITER is a database of final, peer reviewed human health risk assessment data from a variety of organizations worldwide.  If peer reviewed, a project listed on RiskIE may graduate to the ITER database upon completion.


4.  Where can I find RiskIE?


RiskIE is located at http://www.allianceforrisk.org/RiskIE.htm.


5.  What does RiskIE include?


RiskIE contains project notifications for scheduled, in progress, and recently completed work related to human health risk assessment.  Each project in RiskIE includes:

·              Chemical name

·              CAS no.

·              Organization

·              Contact

·              Project description

·              Status

·              Anticipated date of completion

·              Link to more information (when available)


For a list of the organizations included on RiskIE, please click here. 


6.  Can I search RiskIE?


RiskIE is fully searchable.   The database can be queried by Chemical Name, CAS, Project Type, Project Description, Organization, Date of Completion, or Contact person.


RiskIE is also sortable.  Clicking on the column header of any column will sort the projects according to the content of that column.  Clicking the header a second time will then reverse the order. For example, clicking the “Chemical Name” column header will organize the projects alphabetically A to Z.  Clicking “Chemical Name” a second time then organizes the projects reverse alphabetically Z to A.


7.  How often is RiskIE updated?


RiskIE undergoes major updates twice each year.  Minor edits occur regularly.



8.  Where can I submit my organization’s ongoing projects to be included in the RiskIE database?


We encourage you to share your ongoing risk assessments on RiskIE.  Projects can be submitted using the RiskIE Project Submission Form.  Simply enter the relevant information and click submit.  Projects received will be reviewed for completeness and appropriateness before they are added to RiskIE.  If you have multiple projects, you may also submit them in bulk in a spreadsheet (see here for an example file) to RiskIE@tera.org.   


9.  Where can I make comments or suggestions about RiskIE?


Please let us know if you have questions on how to use RiskIE or suggestions for improving the database.  Please use the ARA message board for posting your comments and questions for the general public, or contact us directly at RiskIE@tera.org.  We will respond as quickly as possible.


10.  How is RiskIE used?


RiskIE is used to find and track in progress human health risk assessment work.  Users can search for a specific chemical, search for all projects currently being conducted within a specific organization, or search for recently added/updated projects, among other searches.  RiskIE can be used to identify opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing.


RiskIE can be used by organizations to bring attention and transparency to their ongoing work.  Providing a list of ongoing work gives others an idea of the organization’s abilities and areas of focus.