FSANZ manages a number of committees and groups through which it engages with consumers, Indigenous representatives, industry representatives and public health professionals. The main groups are detailed below.
Consumer and Public Health Dialogue
The Consumer and Public Health Dialogue (CPHD) is a consultative forum, which aims to build stronger relationships between consumer and public health groups and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). The CPHD is made up of representatives from peak consumer and public health bodies, public health academics and indigenous representatives from both countries. It meets biannually in Canberra and Wellington with a video link-up.
The CPHD helps to broaden FSANZ’s understanding of key consumer and public health issues relating to food and helps to inform our communication activities. It also helps us to better target the research that we do.
Read more about the CPHD including terms of reference and discussion papers
Retailers and Manufacturers Liaison Committee
The Retailers and Manufacturers Liaison Committee (RMLC) provides an opportunity for ongoing dialogue between FSANZ and industry. The RMLC allows members to engage in informed discussion about specific issues relating to standards development and standards setting processes and to collaborate on food safety emergencies.
The purpose of the committee is to:
- maintain an ongoing dialogue between members to improve information sharing on issues of common interest
- review, assess and if necessary revises the protocol used in the event of an industry- based food safety emergency situation (food safety emergencies – a communication protocol).
These groups and committees do not provide scientific advice to FSANZ.
Engaging scientific advice
From time to time FSANZ seeks scientific advice from experts working in research agencies, universities and other organisations. Working with these experts helps build our knowledge and facilitates a greater understanding and consensus on the science underpinning our work.
These experts help us by collaborating on projects or as members of scientific advisory groups.