History of RSI
The Institute for Regulatory Science (RSI) was established in 1985 as a non-profit organization under section 501(c)3 code of the Internal Revenue Service. Between July 1989 and June 1995, the activities of RSI were conducted through the University of Maryland at Baltimore and Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, respectively. In July 1995, RSI began conducting its activities as an independent entity.
One of the key elements of regulatory science is Best Available Regulatory Science and Metrics for Evaluation of Regulatory Science Claims (BARS/MERSC). The evolution of BARS/MERSC progressed over several decades, beginning with the recognition that reliability of science is determined by independent peer review and that, as research continues, science evolves. These ideas led to Best Available Science (BAS) and Metrics for Evaluation of Scientific Claims (MESC) derived from BAS. As the regulatory science progressed, another aspect was added to BAS/MESC: identification of problems caused by the inclusion of areas outside the purview of science in regulatory science.
Application of BAS/MESC led to development of foundational concepts of the role of science in the decision-making process. These concepts of how science can be effectively used to promote societal goals were expressed through development of several manuals addressing peer review, stakeholder participation, regulatory science communication; and other areas related to regulatory science.
RSI formerly relied on several centers to advance topics within Regulatory Science:
Currently, RSI operates with a small in-house staff and relies upon highly-qualified individuals and organizations to conduct studies in various national laboratories; universities; private, organizations; and individual scientists and engineers.
The Institute for Regulatory Science (RSI) was established to ensure that the societal decisions are based on Best Available Regulatory Science (BARS) and Metrics for Evaluation of Regulatory Science Claims (BARS/MERSC).
RSI is engaged in
RSI covers physical, chemical, biological, health, and environmental sciences, as well as the entire field of engineering.
RSI's international activities emphasize regulatory science education in developing nations. An area of primary concern to RSI is science education in general, and science education of the disadvantaged in particular. Accordingly, RSI supports science education at K-12 as well as at the college level.
RSI operates as a non-profit scientific and educational organization with a status comparable to a private university. It seeks grants and contracts from government agencies and private organizations to conduct specific studies; to peer-review various activities; to set up scientific panels; and to conduct workshops, meetings, and training courses. RSI provides services to all organizations and individuals regardless of their race, ethnic background, or religious beliefs.