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AAP Statement on the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act

5/25/2016 by: Benard P. Dreyer, MD, FAAP, president, American Academy of Pediatrics

"The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has long advocated for updating our federal chemical management policy to better protect children, who are uniquely vulnerable to the negative health effects of environmental hazards. The bipartisan efforts underway in both chambers of Congress, including today's vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, mark an important first step toward keeping children and their families safe from harmful chemicals.

"Pediatricians' number one job is to keep children healthy, and we will always advocate for the strongest possible federal policies to do just that. While the Lautenberg Actmakes needed improvements to our outdated and ineffective current system, more work is needed in order to achieve the goals outlined in AAP's policy statement on chemical management. As this bill advances into law and begins to take effect, the American Academy of Pediatrics will be there every step of the way, working to make sure that it is as protective as possible for children."

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 64,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org and follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds.