How ‘Peer Review’ is Important to Manufacturers

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The Federal Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) has issued a proposed guidance that is intended to ensure that all significant regulatory science documents issued by federal agencies are subjected to peer review. The guidance, originally released on Aug. 29, 2003, was issued a draft OMB bulletin, and would supplement OMB’s Information Quality Guidelines issued pursuant to the Information Quality Act (IQA), P.L. 106- 554, Section 515(b). It would also serve as guidance pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. Section 3504(d), and Executive Order 12866.

The development is far from an arcane matter of interest only to Washington insiders. This column describes the Sept. 15 bulletin and its relevance to the manufacturing sector.

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