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Table 2 Results of questionnaire 1

From: Policy relevant results from an expert elicitation on the health risks of phthalates

a) The questions with consensus (CNS) outside the 10-90 percentile range.
Question VL L M H VH No. Resp Mean STD CNS Rank (CNS)
Exposure 1 2 3 4 5      
Levels of exposure in the general population 0 4 10 1 0 15 2,80 0,56 0,83 3
Levels of oral exposure, general population 0 1 4 0 0 5 2,80 0,45 0,88 1
Human body           
Adverse health effects in humans 0 3 9 3 0 15 3,00 0,65 0,83 2
Adverse health effects in male experimental animals 2 5 3 4 1 15 2,80 1,21 0,55 32
Mechanisms of action of phtalates 1 2 0 8 4 15 3,80 1,21 0,59 30
Mechanisms of action of phtalate metabolites 3 2 5 4 1 15 2,87 1,25 0,55 31
b) The questions with an average confidence score (Mean) outside the 10-90 percentile range
Questions VL L M H VH No. Resp Mean STD CNS Rank (CNS)
Source 1 2 3 4 5      
Annual production volumes of phthalates 0 1 6 5 3 15 3,67 0,90 0,68 16
Exposure           
Levels of oral exposure, highly exposed groups 0 0 2 3 0 5 3,60 0,55 0,82 4
Levels of dermal exposure, general population 0 3 2 0 0 5 2,40 0,55 0,82 5
Human body           
Final concentration in target tissues 3 3 4 1 0 11 2,27 1,01 0,64 22
Differences in toxicokinetics, identifying sensitive groups 2 5 3 0 1 11 2,36 1,12 0,62 26
Mechanisms of action of phthalates 1 2 0 8 4 15 3,80 1,21 0,59 30
Ability to cause endocrine disruption in the metabolic system 4 2 8 1 0 15 2,40 0,99 0,64 23
  1. Questions with high and low consensus (a) and high and low average score for confidence in the current scientific knowledge (b). The questions were asked: “What is your level of confidence in the currently available data on..” or “What is your level of confidence in our ability to predict…” followed by the question text in the tables. Number of respondents per confidence levels: Very Low (VL) to Very High (VH), total number of respondents, arithmetic mean of confidence score, standard deviation (STD), consensus (CNS) and consensus rank are given. Consensus was measured according to the consensus index method [11].