The innovative research program of the Long-Range Research Initiative (LRI) targets the science-policy interface to modernize and improve chemical management. Although societal and political drivers vary around the world, the three regional LRI programs in Europe, the United States, and Japan identify areas of mutual scientific interest that industry regards as important to form the core of the LRI program.
This global program and its research strategy are currently focused on three priority research areas: emerging technologies, exposure science, and translation relevant to health and environment. Much of LRI’s investment in research is leveraged through collaborations with publicly funded projects that maximize project value. The results are published and shared freely with the public, regulators, industry, and the academic and governmental communities.
Research is not the sole focus of the LRI. Outreach and communication are integral to the program and are essential for translating research findings into information that can be used for science-based decision making. Since 2005, the LRI has sponsored annual workshops that provide dynamic forums to foster interactions among industry and academic researchers, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and regulatory decision makers regarding current issues in risk sciences and chemical management.
In summary, the LRI is recognized as a brand that demonstrates industry engagement within Responsible Care® and the Global Product Strategy, provides early warning on emerging issues, achieves outreach to opinion leaders through its network, and supports capacity building within industry to ensure knowledge-based decision-making by companies and by public policy makers.
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