The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the third edition of its Peer Review Handbook, the single, centralized form of EPA peer review implementation guidance for Agency staff and managers. The handbook was originally created in 1998 to build on a 1993 report, "Safeguarding the Future: Credible Science, Credible Decisions." According to the EPA, the latest version of the Peer Review Handbook incorporates insights gained from implementing the program over the last decade as well as the provisions of the OMB Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review (PRB). The OMB PRB contains provisions to enhance transparency and accountability for peer review at all federal agencies using ``influential scientific information'' and ``highly influential scientific assessments.''

For more information on the Handbook, please visit the 2 June 2006 AIBS Federal Register Resource available at


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