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Table 1 Selected questions on decaBDE that scored high or low (outside the 10-90 percentile range) in the average confidence score (Mean) (a) or in consensus (CNS) (b).

From: Policy relevant Results from an Expert Elicitation on the Human Health Risks of Decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) and Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)

(a)
Deca Questions VH H M L VL No. Resp. Mean Std CNS RANK (CONS)
   5 4 3 2 1      
  Environmental Matrix           
EM3 Sediments 2 13 5 3 0 23 3.61 0.69 0.71 25
EM4 Sewage sludge 2 12 7 2 0 23 3.61 0.84 0.73 20
EM5 Soil 3 9 7 4 0 23 3.48 0.78 0.66 39
  Level of exposure           
EX2 Occupationally exposed 1 12 8 2 0 23 3.52 0.73 0.75 15
  Main sources of exposure           
EX5 Occupationally exposed 3 13 6 1 0 23 3.78 0.74 0.77 12
  Occupational exposed           
EX11 Inhalation 4 8 10 1 0 23 3.65 0.83 0.71 27
  Infants and children           
EX17 Via breast milk 2 14 4 2 1 23 3.61 0.94 0.68 34
  Toxicokinetics           
TK10 Final metabolite concentration in target tissues 0 1 3 10 9 23 1.83 0.83 0.73 22
  Human Epidemiological studies           
TX01 Males 0 1 5 7 9 22 1.91 0.92 0.68 33
TX02 Females 0 1 4 7 10 22 1.82 0.91 0.69 32
  Knowledge of the mechanisms of actions           
TX16 Metabolites of BDE209 0 2 1 14 5 22 2.00 0.82 0.80 4
(b)
Deca Questions VH H M L VL No.Resp. Mean Std CNS RANK (CONS)
   5 4 3 2 1      
  Environmental Matrix           
EM6 Water 2 4 8 6 3 23 2.83 0.95 0.59 57
  Level of exposure           
EX1 The general population 0 2 15 6 0 23 2.83 0.58 0.83 2
  General population           
EX9 Ingestion 1 4 14 4 0 23 3.09 0.73 0.80 5
  Occupational exposed           
EX10 Direct contact dermal 0 3 15 5 0 23 2.91 0.60 0.84 1
  Toxicokinetics           
TK04 Debrominated or metabolized by the intestinal microflora 0 0 7 15 1 23 2.26 0.54 0.82 3
TK07 Excreted via urine 2 5 5 8 3 23 2.78 1.20 0.55 58
  Neurodevelopment           
TX05 Males exposed during fetal or neonatal life 2 2 8 7 3 22 2.68 1.13 0.60 55
TX06 Females exposed during fetal or neonatal life 2 1 9 6 4 22 2.59 1.14 0.59 56
  Reproductive function in           
TX13 Males exposed during foetal or neonatal life 1 3 7 7 4 22 2.55 1.10 0.60 53
TX14 Females exposed during foetal or neonatal life 1 3 7 7 4 22 2.55 1.10 0.60 54
  Knowledge of the mechanisms of actions           
TX16 Metabolites of BDE209 0 2 1 14 5 22 2.00 0.82 0.80 4
  1. The questions were “What is your level of confidence in the quality of the current scientific data on…” or “What is your level of confidence in the scientists’ ability to predict…” followed by the text in the left side of the table. VH, H, M, L, VL = levels of confidence; No. Resp. = number of respondents; Std = standard deviation; Mean = arithmetic mean of confidence score; CNS = consensus score (agreement); RANK (CNS) = consensus rank.