Upholding Standards of Quality and Rigor

HESI is a non-profit scientific organization that provides a forum for public-private scientific collaborations that move science to solutions.
HESI activities are guided by the principles of:


demonstrated by honest and ethical behavior and an earned reputation for transparency and trustworthiness.


demonstrated by a dedication to quality data and innovative evidence-based solutions relevant to current and anticipated scientific and social challenges.


demonstrated by an inclusive culture that values diverse opinions, mutual respect, global diversity, and the richness of collegial thinking and dialogue.

HESI’s reputation of integrity, scientific rigor, and collective insights is exemplified through our core values of being solutions-oriented, collaborative, transparent, independent, and committed to excellence, which are reflected at all levels of the organization – from the strategic leadership of the Board of Trustees to the nuts and bolts of the scientific committees.

HESI Creates Opportunities to Collaborate

HESI provides an open, collaborative environment where members from the public and private sectors work together to tackle global challenges. We strive to make solving complex scientific problems more efficient by providing our members with access to the best minds around the world and encouraging them to come together to find solutions.

  • Diversity in PartnersHESI collaborates with over 250 organizations. By bringing together people from diverse backgrounds (foundations, NGOs, academic research institutes, and industry) we promote innovative ways of looking at problems and improve the final outcome.
  • Responsive Project Mechanisms – HESI has multiple mechanisms in place where our technical and managerial expertise can be engaged to convene the right partners and develop efficient approaches to the most relevant emerging scientific issues.
  • Diversity in Resourcing – HESI’s scientific initiatives are primarily supported by the in-kind contributions from public- and private-sector participants of time, expertise, and experimental effort. These contributions are supplemented by grants from governments and foundations, as well as direct funding from participating organizations that primarily supports program infrastructure and management.

HESI is Driven by Solutions

The research conducted by HESI committees is designed to use scientific principles to find and test real solutions that can be applied across fields of science. This solutions-based approach is why our funders and members feel confident that their resources are being used efficiently to produce results that benefit the greater good.

  • Scientific Foresight – HESI’s Board of Trustees developed a Science Foresight program to position HESI’s activities within the global scientific landscape toward helping select key scientific issues and develop focused solutions.
  • Strategic Plan – The elements of how HESI plans to achieve its strategic goal of being an essential resource for convening diverse expertise to translate science into application is fleshed out in the 2016-2020 strategic plan.
  • Meeting Health Challenges – HESI’s programs have routinely generated data that have been submitted and considered by national and international health protection oversight bodies (e.g., OECD, ICH, FDA) for decision-making and improving best practices in safety and risk assessment.

HESI is Transparent

Transparency and the sharing of data across industries and sectors are essential to the integrity of research. The data and findings that HESI’s working groups produce are publicly available through the peer-reviewed literature, databases, and other means so that others can use them to guide their own research and enhance efficiency, often shortening project timelines and reducing budgets.

  • Ethics and Balance – All those participating in HESI’s scientific activities are informed of the operating policies guiding our commitment to producing science in the public interest. These policies include our Antitrust Policy (Appendix E) and Code of Ethics (Appendix F) which applies to all meetings and related functions. HESI’s Bylaws direct shared public-private engagement in all aspects of HESI’s governance, strategy, and programming. Our governance structure also requires a balance of public and private sector participation on our Board of Trustees.
  • Conflict of Interest Declaration – Every member of HESI’s Board of Trustees acts in the best interest of HESI and discloses actual and potential conflicts of interest.

HESI is Independent

We are an independent organization that advocates the use of science in making decisions that affect human and environmental health.

  • Neutral – HESI maintains strict neutrality around legislative policy issues. Additionally, all scientific programs are required to be led by public-private collaborative teams that bring diverse disciplinary expertise and perspectives. This diversity improves cross-sector communication and fosters novel collaborations leading to solutions that can be readily implemented to improve human and environmental health and safety.
  • Open, Peer-to-Peer Forums – HESI ensures that all the participating scientists have a say in the research conducted, the studies implemented, and the conclusions drawn. This commitment is written into our Governing Bylaws, which guides our efforts to collaborate, dictates our transparency, ensures our independence, and supports our commitment to excellence.

HESI is Committed to Excellence

Our scientific committees are responsible for the hard, understated work of experimenting and testing processes and frameworks that allow scientific data to be translated into solutions. HESI’s scientific outputs are utilized by organizations such as the OECD, ICH, FDA, EPA, and ECVAM, among others.

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Phone: +1-202-659-8404
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