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Expert groups providing advice to FSANZ

(August 2017)

From time to time FSANZ engages with experts from research agencies, universities industry and other organisations. We work with these experts as members of advisory groups which are formed to focus on specific issues. Read about the main advisory groups we work below.

Food Allergy and Intolerance Scientific Advisory Group

The Food Allergy and Intolerance Scientific Advisory Group (FAISAG) was established to assist FSANZ in managing allergens in food.

The FAISAG provides expert advice to FSANZ on a range of matters related to food allergy and intolerance, which FSANZ uses to assess and manage risk to allergic consumers. The group meets with FSANZ scientists as required.

FAISAG members

Professor Katrina Allen - Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne/Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Dr Robert Loblay - Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney

Dr Jane Peake - Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, Brisbane

Ingrid Roche, APD, Princess Margaret Hospital, Perth

Dr Jan Sinclair - Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland

Health Claims Scientific Advisory Group

The role of the Health Claims Scientific Advisory Group is to provide scientific and technical advice to FSANZ, when requested by FSANZ, in relation to:

  • health claims; and
  • matters relevant to Standard 1.2.7- Nutrition, Health and Related Claims.

The above does not include high level health claim variations and applications and proposals that result in such variations. These matters are for the High Level Health Claims Committee.

Core Members 2015-2017

Chair

Professor Richard Head, University of South Australia

Members

Associate Professor Leigh Blizzard, University of Tasmania

Professor Alexandra McManus, Curtin University

Professor Robert Scragg, University of Auckland

Professor C. Murray Skeaff, University of Otago

Professor Linda Tapsell, University of Wollongong

Professor Sophia Zoungas, Monash University

High Level Health Claims Committee

The role of the High Level Health Claims Committee is to consider and provide recommendations to FSANZ in relation to applications or proposals that are assessed under the high level health claims variation procedure. This committee was formed under s.118 of the Food Standards Australian New Zealand Act 1991.

Core members 2015-2017

Chair

Professor Richard Head, University of South Australia

Members

Associate Professor Leigh Blizzard, University of Tasmania

Professor Alexandra McManus, Curtin University

Professor Robert Scragg, University of Auckland

Professor C. Murray Skeaff, University of Otago

Professor Linda Tapsell, University of Wollongong

Professor Sophia Zoungas, Monash University

Scientific Nanotechnology Advisory Group

FSANZ has set up a Scientific Nanotechnology Advisory Group (SNAG) comprising experts in the fields of nanosafety, pharmacology, nano-food technology, toxicology and nanometrology. The SNAG will advise on the development of guidance for a range of stakeholders, future uses of nanotechnology in food and food packaging and national/international legislation and policy.

Members

Professor Brian Priestly, Monash University

Professor Mike Roberts, University of Queensland and University of South Australia

Dr Jan Hermann, National Measurement Institute

Dr Nobheetha Jayasekara, National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme

Dr Simon Loveday, Massey Institute of Food Science and Technology, New Zealand

Dr Maxine McCall, CSIRO Honorary Fellow

More information

Information about nanotechnology and food

Social Sciences and Economics Advisory Group

The Social Sciences and Economics Advisory Group (SSEAG) provides expert social sciences and economics advice to FSANZ.

The primary role of the SSEAG is to assist FSANZ in developing and reviewing the social sciences and economics evidence base underpinning its decisions. SSEAG may provide advice on all aspects from project inception to conclusion including appropriate behavioural, social and economic theory and study design, methodological approach, statistical analysis techniques, and the appropriate interpretation of findings.

From time to time, FSANZ invites SSEAG members to form a sub-committee to provide advice, expertise and input to a specific topic(s), issue or project.

SSEAG was established in 2008. Members are appointed for three years and can be reappointed. Meetings are held at least once a year and are chaired by FSANZ.

SSEAG members

Professor Jeffrey Bennett - Australian National University

Professor Michael Burton - University of Western Australia

Professor John Coveney - Flinders University

Professor Janet Hoek - University of Otago

Professor Philip Mohr - University of Adelaide

Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu - University of Auckland

Professor Carlene Wilson - Flinders University

Professor Andrew Palmer – University of Tasmania

Professor Simon Eckermann - University of Wollongong

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