In the interest of more credible regulation, a neutral mechanism is advocated for reviewing the scientific data base for controversial regulatory decisions. The need for such third-party input is illustrated with a few examples of General Motors' (GM) experience with the regulatory process (early bumper standards, passive restraints). It is suggested that research contracts could be reviewed by an individual or group familiar with research methodology and contract research. An informal agreement between GM and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is described by which experimental programs will be conducted to resolve the issue of diesel particulate emissions. The initial plan calls for GM to appoint one referee, EPA another, and for the two appointees together to select a third. It is proposed that third-party review might advise the regulators as to the probable accuracy and validity of the results of completed research, based on the experimental methodology used. Such review might also assign values to conflicting data sources and comment on the relative completeness of the data base. A system of independent review could aid the regulator by removing some of the appearance of bias and could ensure that the regulator understood both the strengths and weaknesses of the data base.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Also published in HS-028 918, "Government, Technology, and the Future of the Automobile," New York, 1980 p 367-71. Presented at Harvard Business School Symposium on Government, Technology, and the Automotive Future, Boston, 19-20 October 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    McGraw-Hill, Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Potter, D S
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Pagination: 5 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00393050
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-028 940
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1985 12:00AM