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  • Print publication year: 2011
  • Online publication date: May 2013

12 - Relations with public interest organisations: consumers

Summary

Introduction

Consumer organisations act as an important interface between the public and scientific developments and innovations. Our independent approach helps people to assess the implications of developments in a clear and simple way. Surveys have regularly put consumer organisations, along with other public interest organisations, among the most trusted sources of information and advice.

We therefore have an important role in communicating scientific issues and their implications to the public, as well as acting on their behalf in order to try and influence scientific and technological developments and the controls that oversee them in the consumer interest.

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