Product Ingredient Review Program
Product Ingredient Review designs and develops required health and safety data for raw chemical manufacturers and companies that market end-use products. PIR is a uniquely robust and flexible data generating and evaluating program that has sponsored more than 40 cooperative research projects efficiently and cost-effectively since 1985. PIR manages each project, providing technical support, contract and financial administration, confidential handling of sensitive data for projects ranging from 3 participants to 125+ participants and communications needs. Participating companies share the expense of administrative overhead and the cost of data development according to funding methods approved by each project group; each group retains ownership rights to all information developed via a joint venture.
PIR acts in accordance with a published antitrust policy and within the guidelines established by the National Cooperative Research Act of 1984. PIR operates under the auspices of the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA), located in Washington, D.C.
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PIR’s affiliation with CSPA provides additional scientific, regulatory, administrative, legal, accounting and communication expertise as well as opportunities to liaison with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials and other federal, state, and international agencies on behalf of the groups.
PIR pools resources, data and experience to develop sound, scientific data and address various issues cost efficiently and within established deadlines. The combining of resources also assures more consistent data and direct access to state-of-the-science information.
Issues currently being addressed by PIR joint efforts include, but are not limited to: Registration, Reregistration, Registration Review, Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program, High Production Volume, EU Biocides Directive, Product Stewardship and data submissions to various federal, state and international regulatory agencies.
Each group pays a flat rate per annum for its share of PIR costs and services. The flat rate includes PIR staff salaries, benefits, rent, supplies and materials, insurance costs, accounting services, legal services, and other CSPA services as needed. This rate is based on the anticipated amount of time PIR staff will likely be involved in the project over a year’s time.
PIR’s capabilities include but are not limited to:
- Preparing and executing necessary contracts.
- Retaining a scientific consultant or consultants to act at the direction of the Group.
- Coordinating all meetings of the Group and its subcommittees and recording and maintaining minutes of such meetings through the Chairperson of the Group and its subcommittees.
- Conducting and coordinating all accounting and bookkeeping functions relating to the Project with review by a Certified Public Accountant.
- Acting as a liaison with the federal, state and international agencies.
- Retaining specialized legal counsel as necessary.
- Provide communication support, including development and maintenance of internal and external websites and other portals to facilitate communications among the Group, plus statements for media and Q&A documents for use by .Group members.
- Maintain positive working relationships with regulatory authorities, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Canada's Pest Management & Regulatory Agency, The European Union Commission and State Agencies.
- Provide timely alerts to Groups regarding regulatory and/or legislative developments that could impact the Group.
- Negotiate contracts with laboratories and manage testing.
- Coordinating the development and presentation of required and requested reports related to the Project
- Administering the funds contributed by the Group for the Project.
- Assisting participating groups with data compensation formulas and other issues. This activity does not include negotiating with prospective companies.
PIR Program Staff
Susan E. Little, Executive Director, PIR Program,
Jessica Bartlow, Director, PIR Program,
Katherine Berry, Administrative Assistant, PIR Program,