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Chemical Evaluation and Risk Estimation System (CERES)

Description: Initiate development of a chemical evaluation and risk estimation system for pre- and post-market review of food ingredients. The system will enable FDA to fully leverage available data through modern computational and predictive methods for pre-market review as well as post-market monitoring of food ingredients and packaging materials.

Briefing Status: DELAYED

Prior Briefing Status: DELAYED

Milestone DescriptionMilestone DateMilestone StatusMilestone Completion Date

A. Develop Structure Editor




Completed 5/27/2011

B. Establish list of requirements for CERES


Completed 2/26/2010

C. Gentox computational tox models


Completed 3/30/2010

D. Develop high level architecture


Completed 6/20/2010

E. Carcinogenicity Model developed


Completed 6/30/2010

F. System Requirements external review completed


Completed 8/1/2010

G. ToxML and PAFA data migrated


Completed 10/25/2010

H. Chromosome Aberration Model developed and in testing


Completed 10/25/2010

I. Carcinogenicity and Chromosome Aberration Model Validated


Completed 12/23/2010

J. Stand up initial operational version of CERES


Completed 12/23/2010

K. Completed initial testing


Completed 2/25/2011

L. Apply models to all authorized food chemicals






M. Start operational testing


Completed 3/15/2011

N. Model validation of repro-dev models scheduled for completion


Completed 6/15/2011

O. End operational testing



Completed 9/30/2012

P. Release of CERES Version 1, which is not a fully automated version



Completed 9/30/2012

Q. Release of CERES Version 1.1, which is a fully automated risk assessment tool






Completed 9/25/2014

R. Complete Enterprise Performance Life Cycle testing version 1.1



Completed 9/25/2014

S. Receive authority to operate from Chief Information Officer for version 1.1



Completed 9/25/2014


  • The dates in italics under the milestone due dates are modified milestone due dates which had to be updated due to real-time delays. The milestone status reflects the revised dates.

Key Projects Legend

Milestone StatusDefinition
Not Yet StartedWork for specific milestone has not yet been started.
CompletedMilestone and/or overall project is completed.
On TrackMilestone - On track for completion by milestone deadline. Quarter status - Project is on track for completion based on overall milestone status.
On HoldMilestone - On hold, but deadline for completion has not passed. Quarter status - Project is on hold, based on overall milestone status.
DelayedMilestone - Delayed as it has not been completed and deadline has passed. Quarter status - Project is delayed based on overall milestone status.


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