The purpose of the Chemical Exposures Subcommittee is to understand and predict disease and disabilities from changing chemical exposures to children across their life stages. This subcommittee facilitates interagency coordination around priority chemical exposure issues, and is a vehicle for coordinating research activities and educating the public.
The Subcommittee identified a list of federal agency biospecimen resources that could provide for potential additional measurements of children's chemical exposures. Although the list was for internal government use, the realization that there was no central record of government-supported biobanks helped to lead to the creation of the Children’s Health Exposure Analysis Resource (CHEAR). The goal of CHEAR is to provide tools so researchers can assess the full range of environmental exposures that may affect children's health.