International Society of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology
The purpose of the Society is to provide an open public forum for policy makers and scientists promoting sound toxicologic and pharmacologic science as a basis for regulation affecting human safety and health, and the environment. - Adopted December 12, 2003.
In order to fulfill the Society's Mission Statement, three objectives must be met.
Identifying scientific issues
Current and emerging scientific information and issues that are likely to affect either the development of new regulations or the modification or application of existing regulations in the areas of human health, safety, and/or the environment, will be identified through input from the members of the Society and others. The Council will then assign priorities to these issues on the basis of their potential impact on regulation and science.
Identifying policy makers and scientists
Policy makers and scientists will be identified who would be impacted by or interested in any regulatory action that might be affected by the evaluation and application of the scientific data or principles involved with high priority issues. If an issue goes forward, These policy makers and scientists will be engaged if possible. These may be representatives of regulatory agencies, consumer or environmental organizations, and industry companies or organizations. The Society will encourage participation in its informational activities by all policy makers and scientists who have, or should have, an interest in a particular issue.
Providing an open public forum
The Society will provide open public forums by sponsoring a peer-reviewed scientific journal where the results of all credible scientific investigations affecting regulation can be published, and by sponsoring conferences where issues can be fully evaluated and discussed. In sponsoring conferences, the Society recognizes the importance of outreach and cooperation with other organizations with similar goals, and will make every effort to leverage members' participation in such organizations to forward the mission of the Society. The Society will make every effort to ensure that scientifically valid alternative viewpoints are represented in the journal and at conferences.
Additionally, the Council will consider a free-access Internet journal, which would increase the public availability of information provided. Other innovations to be considered include: special lower or no cost page charges for government, full time students, and/or consumer/environmental groups, and a special section for opinions, rather than scientific papers, which could focus on government pronouncements or other published or expressed opinions from opposing sides. Although this latter may not be science, it might help to focus issues, and identify the sound toxicologic and pharmacologic science underlying the potential regulation at issue.
Increasing public awareness of the Society
A Public Awareness Committee will be assembled to identify programs to increase awareness of the Society, particularly among policy makers and scientists, as a principal source of the sound toxicologic and pharmacologic science that can serve as a basis for regulation affecting human health and safety and the environment. This committee will also identify the resources necessary to carry out these programs. The Council will then determine which programs to pursue.
Increasing financial capabilities
A Financial Committee will be assembled to consider all potential sources of funding, including requests to foundations, membership dues, sponsorships of conferences, etc. A specific dollar goal will be given to the Committee by the Council.
The Council will review the Strategic Plan before each annual membership meeting, beginning in 2005, and will report on any changes to the Plan at the annual meeting.