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10 years of research

Public adoption of new technologies is an important determinant for their success. The chemical industry not only provides solutions for challenges to modern society through its technology and products, but also takes responsibility for these: the Cefic’s Long-range Research Initiative (LRI) 10 years programme serves to increase understanding of the potential impact of chemicals on human health and the environment, and to improve methods for risk assessment. 

LRI aims to provide proactive scientific advice on which the entire industry and regulatory bodies will draw to respond more quickly and accurately to societal concerns. 

Being a major contribution to a sustainable chemical industry, LRI needs to present a research programme that is forward-looking, ambitious but also realistic and coherent. 

The current research areas are addressing key public concerns

• Development of intelligent testing (including alternatives to animal testing)
• Understanding the effects of chemicals in complex environments
• Public acceptance of new technologies

Providing an improved basis for informed policy-making and an early warning of emerging issues, LRI also helps the industry in its own decision-making, especially during the innovation process, giving ground for companies to better understand the issues around the introduction of new products or technologies. 

And, because industry cannot act alone, LRI is working in close collaboration with many players. Every effort is made to build relationships with research programmes, government agencies, academics and non-governmental organizations to support the development of effective regulation for the sound management of chemicals.

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