AFNS was pleased to host a workshop on Considerations for Formulation and Degree of Processing in Food Classification Systems to Support Research. The meeting was held at the IAFNS offices at 740 15th St. NW from noon-5:30 pm ET on May 16, and from 9 to noon ET on May 17.

Publication and Videos are now available.

What was the Food Classification Workshop about?

The Workshop gathered scientists, regulatory professionals, policy-makers, and stakeholders from various disciplines with an interest in understanding the science basis for various classification systems and how they can best support research on food-health relationships.

Presenters explored and discussed the value and consequences of food processing technologies, the science basis and validity of various systems, and potential mechanisms underlying associations with health outcomes. The workshop discussions culminated with key considerations for food classification systems for research.

How can I participate?

Participation is over for this event.

Do I need to be a member of IAFNS to participate?

No!  This was a scientific workshop.  We welcomed and encouraged participation by ALL regardless of current or prior affiliation with IAFNS and many joined us virtually.

Unfortunately, due to meeting room size restrictions, we were forced to limit the in-person attendees.

Are there discounted registration rates available for students and faculty? Are there discounted registration rates available for government scientists?

The event featured discounts.

I would like my entire team to attend the workshop. Are there group discounts available?

Yes!  Group discounts for virtual attendees were offered for registering 5 or more professionals from the same organization.

I’m media/press. How can I attend?

The event was open to media.

How can I sponsor this event?

This science event was supported by the IAFNS Board of Trustees and IAFNS Scientific Leadership Council.  As such, we did not seek sponsorships. We invited scientists to attend and learn at this event.

How can I get involved as a speaker at a future IAFNS events? Can I recommend a speaker?

We always welcome interest from scientists, regulatory professionals, and other leaders who would like to speak or offer recommendations for speakers. Please email us at

What if I can not attend the Food Classification Workshop? Can I get a refund?

Due to the low registration fees, no refunds were given. However, substitutions were encouraged. Additionally, registrants were entitled to priority viewing of the workshop recordings after the meeting. Publication and Videos are now available.

What if I have technical issues during the meeting and cannot access the event?

It was possible for virtual attendees to send a Question/Comment to the presenters during the meeting. The agenda was structured to include discussions and dialogue.

Who is IAFNS?

The Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IAFNS) is a non-profit organization that catalyzes science for the benefit of public health. We bring together scientists from government, academia, and industry to drive, fund, and lead actionable food safety and nutrition science research.  Our collaborative and inclusive structure empowers members to bring forward diverse perspectives.