In the 1980s, IOCU began to enter more and more into network arrangements, working with new social movement organizations focusing on pesticide use, high prices of prescription medicines, and tobacco advertising, among others.
Foo Gaik Sim, IOCU on Record: A Documentary History of the International Organization of Consumers Unions, 1960-1990 (Yonkers, NY: Consumers Union, 1991), p.
In the experience of IOCU members there was little difference between public monopolies and unregulated private monopolies.
Hansen, Michael and Sarojini Regnam (1987), Violating the Pesticide Code: A Survey of Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, Penang, Malaysia: IOCU and the Institute for Consumer Policy Research, Consumers Union.
This suggests an appropriate initiative for the IOCU to consider in order to ensure that high quality test data are made available to IOCU members, and through them, to millions of consumer-users around the world.
As indicated earlier, if the challenge is to be taken seriously, a major programmatic research effort may have to be mounted, perhaps under the auspices of the IOCU.