Information from the VCRP
database also has been used by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), an independent, industry-funded panel of scientific experts, to assist the CIR Expert Panel in assessing ingredient safety and determining priorities for ingredient safety review.
In consultation with the VCRP, the students worked in teams of three or four to develop the brochures, which explained how homeowners can implement best practices to reduce stormwater runoff into Crabby Creek and offered strategies such as installing rain barrels and rain gardens.
In helping to plan and implement the inaugural Crabby Creek Earth Day celebration on April 17, 2008, our students joined with the VCRP to bring awareness to the community about issues affecting the health of Crabby Creek and to show the community what the VCRP represents as an organization.
Students reported their stream chemistry results to the VCRP, which used these results to determine the efficacy of its restoration efforts as it plans future restoration on additional tributaries to Valley Creek.
Students also responded positively to the VCRP's scheduling of one of their monthly community meetings as part of our class, with one student commenting "it was interesting when we had the VCRP meeting held during our class because that's something that none of us would've had the opportunity to experience otherwise".
The cosmetic industry, through sponsorship by the CTFA and endorsement by the FDA, should consolidate the original VCRP (142) established by the FDA in the early 1970's, the CIR currently in place, and the CCC currently under development by the CTFA.
The original VCRP, which included three parts: registration information for the manufacturing or packing establishment, information regarding the ingredient formulation and raw material usage in cosmetic products, and annual reporting of adverse reactions, would have to be re-adopted by the cosmetic industry to replace the abbreviated version currently in operation.
While this discourse may only ever affect the lives of the subjects of research to a limited extent (if at all), it is the objective of the VCRP to ensure that, at other levels more directly relevant to their own lives, ni-Vanuatu can perceive research as an exercise over which they have some control, in which they can mean ingfully participate, and from which they can benefit.
In according itself a central role in the implementation of the VCRP, the Cultural Centre has also been able to effect its own objectives through the work of foreign researchers.
The researchers represented in this collection have all demonstrated a commitment to the ethics and principles of the VCRP and are endorsed as good examples of the kinds of research and research collaborations the Cultural Centre wishes to encourage in Vanuatu.