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Improving Industry-Funded Research with Criteria for ObjectivityConcerns about industry-funded research can be partially addressed by increasing the extent to which it meets three criteria for objectivity: transparency, procedural consistency, and effective criticism. Lack of transparency is a particularly serious problem, but recent steps to create and strengthen registries for reporting results from regulatory studies may prove helpful. Standardized protocols have been created to promote procedural consistency, but the process for creating these standards should be more open to outside review. To promote effective criticism, well-designed academic studies should be given more weight in the regulatory context, even when they are not performed according to standardized protocols.
Lyman Briggs College, Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife, Dept. of Philosophy
Michigan State University