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Science for a sustainable future—an informative overview of the lri program


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Long-Range Research Initiative :
The importance of science to decision
making about chemical safety is more
evident today than ever before. Demands
are increasingly heard for science that can
drive decisions to improve human health
and the environment.
At its core, the business of chemistry is
all about science – science aimed toward
innovations in products and services that
can make people’s lives better, healthier,
and safer.
Since 1999, the innovative research
program of the International Council of
Chemical Associations’ Long-Range
Research Initiative (ICCA-LRI) has
supported science that advances
chemical safety.

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Science for a sustainable future—an informative overview of the lri program

  1. 1. Long-Range Through the LRI,Research Initiative ICCA is a keyThe importance of science to decision contributor tomaking about chemical safety is moreevident today than ever before. Demands the science thatare increasingly heard for science that can will shape futuredrive decisions to improve human healthand the environment. global chemicalAt its core, the business of chemistry is management policies.all about science – science aimed towardinnovations in products and services that Long-Range Researchcan make people’s lives better, healthier,and safer. InitiativeSince 1999, the innovative researchprogram of the International Council ofChemical Associations’ Long-RangeResearch Initiative (ICCA-LRI) has Science for asupported science that advanceschemical safety. Sustainable Future LRI research contributes to ICCA’s work to meet the World Summit on Sustainable Development 2020 goal that chemicals be used and produced to minimize significant adverse effects on human health and the environment. For further information please visit the ICCA-LRI website:
  2. 2. LRI MissionThe mission of the LRI is to identify and fill gapsin our understanding about the hazards posed bychemicals and to improve the methods available FRom Data To Decisions I n f o r m I n g r e g u l a t o r y P o l I c yfor assessing the associated risks.Its innovative research programs are designedto improve the way we address the safety of our Research Science in Actionchemicals, particularly everyday exposures of LRI research targets the science-policy interface The LRI is more than research. Outreach andconsumers to low levels of chemicals and to modernize and improve chemical management. communication are integral LRI programchemical mixtures. Our research includes three priority areas. elements essential for translating researchThe LRI fosters a sustainable and healthy future findings into information that can be used forthrough its support of high quality science that ƒ Emerging Technologies – Assessing innovative science-based decision making.can inform effective decision making by industry, tools, approaches, and data for robust evaluationsregulators, and society. of chemicals as well as new technologies, such as All results from LRI-supported research are openly nanotechnology. communicated through peer-reviewed publications, workshops, conferences, and the Internet.LRI Principles ƒ Exposure Science – Improving the tools to quantify everyday and incidental exposures to chemicals and Since 2005, ICCA-LRI workshops have providedThe following principles are the basis of the LRI to guide intelligent testing and risk assessment. dynamic forums that foster interactions amongprogram and ensure that the funded research industry and academic researchers, governmentalmeets the highest quality standards: ƒ Translation Relevant to Health and Environment – agencies, non-governmental organizations, and Developing approaches and tools to improveScientific Excellence. The best research regulatory decision makers regarding areas ofproposals and most-qualified scientists will be understanding of links between exposures to mutual interest in chemical management.selected for funding. chemicals and their effects on human health and the environment.Transparency. Research will be conducted openlyand the results will be publicly available.Fair and Unbiased Conduct. Potential conflicts Research QUESTIONS Informedof interest will be rigorously evaluated. LRI Policy Public Health Data COMMUNICATION ResearchRelevance to the Chemical Industry. Research Interpretation INFORMATION Decisionswill address the potential health and environmentalimpacts of chemicals. The LRI is a global program implemented through three ICCA member organizations – the European Chemical Industry Council, the American Chemistry Council, and the Japan Chemical Industry Association.