Hair Analysis Panel Discussion: Section 6.5
6.5 Next Steps To Be Taken by ATSDR
Dr. Susten described ATSDR's anticipated next steps related to evaluating the utility of hair analysis. First, a summary report of this panel meeting will be generated and released (the report will be posted on ATSDR's Web site). Second, ATSDR will generate a report related to lessons learned from the panel discussions (and possibly publish it in the open literature). In addition, internally, the agency plans to do the following:
Continue to provide education to physicians and other health
Develop a generic fact sheet to help health assessors and communities
communicate and understand hair analysis issues.
Continue to develop substance-specific toxicological profiles.
The profiles are an excellent resource and contain information on
biomarkers of exposure. In light of the panel discussions, additional
language may be added regarding hair analysis (e.g., in terms of
limitations, etc.) on a substance-specific basis.
Develop guidance on hair analysis to support public health assessments
and health studies conducted by the agency. That is, develop criteria
for determining when to consider hair analysis as part of an ATSDR
These activities will help all of ATSDR's divisions as well as professionals in the community.