IAFNS Scientific Integrity Review
The Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences is a leader in scientific integrity and public-private partnerships. Our work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, endorsed by Federal agencies and professional nutrition and food science societies, and cited broadly throughout the scientific community.
In the spirit of striving for continuous improvement of our research programs and exemplifying best in class research practices, we commissioned an independent, third-party audit to assess and make recommendations for how we can improve our adherence to the 8 Guiding Principles for Funding Food Science and Nutrition Research (Guiding Principles).
In August 2018, we invited the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) to conduct the review. From this exercise, we have obtained valuable insight into the areas in which we excel and those that could be further strengthened to enhance our efforts to advance food safety and nutrition science for the benefit of public health.
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Feedback and Learning
The National Academy of Public Administration audited our research activities between 2013-2017 against the 8 Guiding Principles for Funding Food Safety and Nutrition Research. The audit praised our commitment “to achieving and maintaining high standards of scientific integrity in their research activities” and out efforts to reduce funding-based bias or perceived bias in research activities.
IAFNS has used the feedback and our learnings from this audit to implement the following:
- We updated our contract and policy provisions to include explicit language reflecting the 8 Guiding Principles.
- We bolstered internal controls for monitoring and enforcement of the 8 Guiding Principles and the Center for Open Science's TOP Guidelines.
- We developed formal documentation of our key operational procedures. This documentation will help us to be more efficient in our day-to-day operations, allowing us to spend more time focusing on our mission of advancing food safety and nutrition science for the benefit of public health.