Principles for Public-Private Research Partnerships
Public-private research partnerships leverage diverse expertise to solve complex problems in nutrition and food safety and improve public health. To ensure a strong ethical foundation and manage potential and perceived conflicts of interest, IAFNS's Assembly on Scientific Integrity established a set of twelve harmonized principles for successful public-private partnerships in scientific research.
These principles were first published in 2013 in Nutrition Reviews, and subsequently were used as the basis for a set of principles that were agreed upon and endorsed by 4 federal agencies and 5 nutrition and food safety professional societies. The final set of principles was published in 2015 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and excerpts appeared in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Journal of Food Science and Nutrition Today.
Principles in Action:
As a proof-of-concept for these 12 principles, IAFNS has joined USDA, GS1 US, 1WorldSync, Label Insight and the University of Maryland in a public-private partnership. The goal of this partnership is to improve public health and the sharing of open data by enhancing the USDA National Nutrient Database with nutrient composition of branded food and private label data provided by the food industry. The submission of data to the USDA Branded Food Products Database is voluntary; however, if a manufacturer participates, a set of mandatory attributes agreed upon by the Partners must be submitted. All data submitted to this database are publicly available. Learn more.