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Reported to House amended (09/18/1998)

Sound Scientific Practices Act - Requires the Secretary of Labor, upon determining that a standard should be promulgated under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, to appoint a panel of individuals (in lieu of an advisory committee, as currently) to review and report on: (1) the scientific and economic data which form the basis for such standard; and (2) the relevance of the data to industries and workers which such standard would affect.

Requires such panel to: (1) be balanced in terms of the points of view represented; and (2) consist of persons who are able to give independent judgment and who have expertise in scientific or economic analysis related to the subject of the standard. Excludes from the panel any individual with a financial interest in the outcome of the standard, unless such individual fully discloses such interest to the Secretary.

Makes the requirement to appoint such a panel inapplicable when the rule is completed through negotiated rulemaking.