Committee to Review the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Exposure to Herbicides—Tenth Biennial Update

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Military and Veterans Health, Select Populations and Health Equity
Board: Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

Activity Description

The scope and methodology of this project are defined in the underlying statute that require VA to contract with the NAS to evaluate the literature on health effects from exposure to herbicides used during the Vietnam War. Public Law 102-4, The Agent Orange Act of 1991, extended by Public Law 107-103, direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to contract with the NAS to conduct a comprehensive review of scientific and medical literature on health effects from exposure to Agent Orange, and to conduct biennial updates. The statute directs each new NAS committee to determine, to the extent that scientific data permit, meaningful determinations:

• Whether there is a statistical association between the specific diseases and herbicide use, taking into account the strength of the scientific evidence and the appropriateness of the methods used to detect the association;

• The increased risk of disease among individuals exposed to herbicides during service in Vietnam; and

• Whether there is a plausible biologic mechanism or other evidence of a causal relationship between herbicide exposure and a disease.

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