SIRC’s approach has been—and continues to be—to sponsor new research in areas where deficiencies and limitations in the existing data have led to less-than-definitive conclusions. SIRC also commissions independent reviews of existing health effects studies. Scientific research and literature reviews underwritten by SIRC are sponsored with the intention that final reports will be published in appropriate peer-reviewed journals.
SIRC has worked closely over the years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) and other regulatory agencies in developing protocols for a number of the research projects it has sponsored.
The total cost of SIRC-sponsored research exceeds $20 million. SIRC’s commitment to science has produced a credible, reliable—and still growing—information resource for regulatory decision-making. The science that SIRC has sponsored has followed a well-defined, orderly program to ensure that each research project builds on findings from past studies—starting with an understanding of styrene’s environmental fate and leading through various steps to human risk assessment using the wealth of data developed since SIRC’s organization in 1987.
For a complete list of SIRC-sponsored research, download this summary document.