Our Commitment & Ethics

We at the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety at Michigan State University (CRIS) believe that science and research should speak for itself. That is why we wrote transparency and accountability into our bylaws and governance practices from CRIS’s inception to ensure that we

  • produce and disseminate unbiased and credible research data and analysis on the safe use of ingredients in food and consumer products.
  • offer unbiased and transparent evaluation of new technology that can be applied to evaluate ingredient safety.
  • expand the opportunity to conduct basic and applied research on the safety and toxicology of ingredients in food and consumer products to support the management of potential safety issues.

This also means that the established investigators conducting research at CRIS have final say on all science research, including

  • driving the research agenda.
  • research design, methods, and conduct.
  • interpreting and publishing findings in peer reviewed journals.

To ensure impartiality, all research outcomes must undergo the peer review process by academic journals prior to publication and communication.

All of our research methods and processes are available openly and freely for any person to evaluate.

While our partners can participate in CRIS advisory committees, all final research and communication decisions are made by the CRIS team using the CRIS bylaws and established governance.

Additionally, we follow the code of ethics outlined by Michigan State University.