The Global Coalition for Regulatory Science Research (GCRSR) was established in 2013 under the leadership of the US-FDA. The mission of GCRSR is to foster the uptake of emerging technologies by engaging regulatory agencies in the global context. This is an international coalition with the objectives of facilitating education, scientific training and scientific exchanges in the field of regulatory science. It focuses on research to support regulatory decision making by identifying and promoting best practices to understand and interpret data from innovative technologies such as genomics. To date, GCRSR discussions have been focused on:
- Defining the role of global research collaborations in advancing regulatory science and its impact on public health.
- Exploring the future of regulatory science research as a tool for advancing regulatory science in the areas of food safety and medical products.
- Developing strategies for training of regulatory scientists in a global setting.
Consequently, its main activities involve:
- Holding workshops and scientific meetings, including the annual Global Summit on Regulatory Science, to discuss the current development of new technologies and their potential utility in the regulatory settings.
- Exchanging scholars and students for the purpose of providing education and training courses.
- Enhancing the development and use of regulatory science principles.
To achieve these goals, the annual GSRS meetings have been instituted. GSRS conferences provide a venue where regulators and researchers can meet and develop collaborations to address the challenges and needs in the interest of advancing regulatory science. Ten meetings have been conducted so far, with the first (GSRS2011) taking place in the US (Slikker, et al., 2012), GSRS12 in China (Miller, et al., 2013), GSRS13 in the US (Howard, et al., 2014), GSRS14 in Canada (Tong, et al., 2015), GSRS15 in Italy (Healy, et al., 2016), GSRS16 in the US (Patri, et al., 2016; Lambert, et al., 2017), GSRS17 in Brazil (Slikker, et al., 2018), GSRS18 in China (Thakkar, et al., 2020), GSRS19 in Italy (Allen, et al., 2020), and GSRS20 held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
GCRSR Working groups
- Emerging technology
- Cross Training
- Shared Regulatory Research Priorities