Advancing Regulatory Science

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Science  25 Feb 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6020, pp. 987
DOI: 10.1126/science.1204432

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Ensuring the safety and quality of food and medical products has never been more complicated. Societies around the world face increasingly complex challenges that require harnessing the best available science and technology on behalf of patients and consumers. This effort requires a strong field of regulatory science to develop new tools, standards, and approaches that efficiently and consistently assess the safety, efficacy, quality, and performance of products. Yet, despite being a critical component of the scientific enterprise, regulatory science has long been underappreciated and underfunded.