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When CASRO was established in 1975 its mandate was to fight government regulation and to develop standards to ensure self-regulation of the market research industry.

Legislative Advocacy

CASRO representatives have commented on and participated in many federal and state government hearings on behalf of industry interests and continually work on important issues with state governments and federal agencies such as the FTC and FCC.

Self Regulation

CASRO's Code of Standards and Ethics for Survey Research, first adopted in 1977, has been reviewed annually and revised many times. CASRO’s Enforcement Procedures provide a legal "due process” for the CASRO Standards Committee to address Code complaints. Along with the Code, CASRO’s Business Practices Guidelines and Guidelines for Survey Research Quality are a further demonstration of industry and professional self-regulation. The CASRO Privacy Protection Program gives legal proof of research company accountability and compliance via model policies, business contracts, and privacy language.

Government & Public Affairs Committee

Consisting of experienced market research executives, legislative and privacy experts, along with CASRO’s General Counsel, this expert team continuously monitors issues and meets regularly to coordinate action, including lobbying state and federal lawmakers and regulators. The GPA committee also makes recommendations to the CASRO Board of Directors regarding government activities that could affect the business of market research, and enhances the CASRO Privacy Protection Program to meet the compliance and implementation needs of all CASRO members.

"Thank you to CASRO for addressing a pressing need in our business by leading the effort to overturn Washington, D.C.’s physician payment reporting regulation. CASRO was truly responsive to the needs of its members and dedicated a professional, hardworking team to combat this issue. CASRO’s commitment was exemplary and once again proved itself to be a true leader among associations.” 

- Mark and Merrill Shugoll, Shugoll Research



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