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The process of setting micronutrient recommendations: a cross-European comparison of nutrition-related scientific advisory bodies.
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PMID:  20860885     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: To examine the workings of the nutrition-related scientific advisory bodies in Europe, paying particular attention to the internal and external contexts within which they operate.
DESIGN: Desk research based on two data collection strategies: a questionnaire completed by key informants in the field of micronutrient recommendations and a case study that focused on mandatory folic acid (FA) fortification.
SETTING: Questionnaire-based data were collected across thirty-five European countries. The FA fortification case study was conducted in the UK, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic and Hungary.
RESULTS: Varied bodies are responsible for setting micronutrient recommendations, each with different statutory and legal models of operation. Transparency is highest where there are standing scientific advisory committees (SAC). Where the standing SAC is created, the range of expertise and the terms of reference for the SAC are determined by the government. Where there is no dedicated SAC, the impetus for the development of micronutrient recommendations and the associated policies comes from interested specialists in the area. This is typically linked with an ad hoc selection of a problem area to consider, lack of openness and transparency in the decisions and over-reliance on international recommendations.
CONCLUSIONS: Even when there is consensus about the science behind micronutrient recommendations, there is a range of other influences that will affect decisions about the policy approaches to nutrition-related public health. This indicates the need to document the evidence that is drawn upon in the decisions about nutrition policy related to micronutrient intake.
Lada Timotijevic; Julie Barnett; Kerry Brown; Richard Shepherd; Laura Fernández-Celemín; Livia Dömölki; Juri Ruprich; Rosalie A Dhonukshe-Rutten; Anne-Mette Sonne; Maria Hermoso; Berthold Koletzko; Lene Frost-Andersen; Arnold Timmer; Monique M Raats
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-09-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nutrition     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1475-2727     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nutr     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808463     Medline TA:  Public Health Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  716-28     Citation Subset:  IM    
1Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, School of Human Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford GU1 1TR, UK.
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