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Depleted Uranium Oversight Board - Draft Terms of Reference
Board - Terms of Reference
1. The purpose of the Depleted Uranium
Oversight Board is to:
- Oversee and co-ordinate
the process of letting the contracts, and undertaking testing, for uranium
isotopes in urine to assess historical exposure to DU.
- Act as a Project
Board, to direct, endorse and oversee the work of the MOD Project Manager
- Develop a draft Statement
of Requirement for a DU sampling protocol, a chain of custody for samples
and a quality control protocol for endorsement by the Board.
- Invite proposals for testing.
- Prepare an assessment of
- Manage a pilot study to
demonstrate the performance, precision, accuracy and validity of the
method, including the techniques for collecting, splitting, storing,
transporting and analysing samples.
- If satisfactory methods of testing
can be established, agree proposals for one or more epidemiological studies
using those methods, to determine the distribution and determinants of excretion
of uranium isotopes in urine, and to explore the relation of historical exposure
to DU to possible biological and health effects.
- If satisfactory
methods of testing can be established, agree arrangements for testing additional
individuals who are not part of the epidemiological studies. These will include
the arrangements for the involvement and briefing of GPs, and procedures for
any accompanying medical assessment.
- Monitor progress
of the testing, including auditing and quality assurance of the data.
- Ensure that the
findings of the testing and research are appropriately promulgated.
- Report to the Under-Secretary
of State for Defence and Minister for Veterans' Affairs, on progress issues
2. The Oversight Board will explore
and advise on other possible methods of historical exposure assessment.
3. The Oversight Board will be invited
to comment on:
- The development
of biological monitoring tests to be used by MOD for future operations where
DU is used.
- Proposed epidemiological
studies to examine possible ill-health effects of service in the Balkans.
- Possible arrangements
for a Veterans' Assessment Centre