The HESI Frameworks for Alternative Chemical Assessment and Selection of Safer, Sustainable Alternatives Subcommittee (a.k.a. Sustainable Alternatives Subcommittee) was initiated in 2011 as an Emerging Issues Subcommittee. Its mission is to evaluate and identify key elements/criteria and tools to help trigger and guide the selection of safer, sustainable alternatives while minimizing the likelihood of regrettable substitutions. The subcommittee is comprised of technical experts from academia, industry, non-profit organizations, and government and has been working towards holding a workshop to develop more detailed guidance for conducting alternatives assessments. Results of the workshop and of the subcommittee will be submitted for publication in a peer reviewed journal.
The purpose of the workshop is to bring together multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary expertise to develop practical, problem driven guidance on the conduct of alternatives assessment. To accomplish this, the subcommittee has divided into three subgroups to address three interrelated topics where clear challenges were previously identified. The goal of each subgroup will be to lead a multi-stakeholder discussion, that develops useful techniques and guidance documents to enhance existing alternatives assessment frameworks and to identify challenges where further work is needed. Please visit the website for additional information.