key areas of intervention
To promote food regulatory scientific disciplines - from development to implementation.
Knowledge Generation and Competency Development
A. GFoRSS aims to support investment in food regulatory scientific knowledge generation by addressing gaps in areas, such as: availability of food consumption data at the national or regional level, occurrence data for contaminants and nutrients, the conduct of studies aiming to lead to risk assessments, risk management considerations, impact analysis of proposed food regulatory measures, performance of food regulatory / food control systems etc.
B. GFoRSS will invest in expert advice serving methodological development, particularly in areas where more guidance is required at the national and international level, such as: impact analysis of projected food regulatory interventions, evaluation of effectiveness of food regulatory measures, assessment of sustainability of food regulatory capacity building and other aspects of food regulatory modernization (e.g. food inspection modernization, updates of food legislative and regulatory frameworks, etc.), predictive approaches and integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in food regulatory processes.
C. Funding will be sought from a community of stakeholders to support such initiatives, including seeking support from funding agencies and other research organizations.
D. Implementation of research will be conducted in close collaboration with research and academic institutions through the provision of scholarships, collaborative agreements and other relevant arrangements.
E. Due process will be followed to identify priorities of research and knowledge development according to procedures and protocols, as adopted by the Board of Directors of GFoRSS.
Knowledge Communication and Transfer
A. GFoRSS aims to propagate best practices in applying scientific disciplines associated with food regulatory development and implementation, such as the application of the risk analysis principles to promote convergence in food regulatory decisions internationally, in alignment with the guidance of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) and Codex standards.
B. Knowledge dissemination will be pursued through a variety of mechanisms, including peer-reviewed scientific publications, the development and promotion of dedicated publications, organization of scientific events, workshops, capacity building efforts, course / curriculum development and other educational programs.
C. Efforts will be made to reach out to the food regulatory scientific community worldwide, with an emphasis on developing countries.
Support to Education in Food Regulatory Science
A. GFoRSS aims to support learning programs in scientific disciplines associated with food regulatory sciences. GFoRSS will promote the development and dissemination of learning curriculums in this area, in academic institutions around the world.
B. GFoRSS will also support candidates to follow food regulatory science education, through credited and non-credited training, including through the provision of scholarships, and partial or total support to tuition fees, where relevant.
GFoRSS will support the development of networks amongst communities of food regulators and amongst food regulatory scientists working in academia, international organizations and non-governmental organizations, as well as, between these communities.
These networks will aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences, development of common priorities and promotion of best practices in applying food regulatory science, such as the application of the risk analysis principles and convergence of food regulatory measures in alignment with Codex standards and general guidance.
GFoRSS will develop close ties and partnerships with other national and international not-for-profit organizations working in the areas supporting specific aspects of food regulatory science, such as AOAC International (the Association of Official Analytical Communities), IAFP (the International Association of Food Protection), etc.
GFoRSS continuously aims to expand its horizons through the exploration, development and implementation of new and innovative projects that promote the generation and dissemination of knowledge and competencies related to food regulatory sciences - the backbone of a robust food control system.