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Appendix 9: FSANZ Committees with External Members

​​​​​(October 2019)

FSANZ maintains a number of committees with members selected for their skills and knowledge, drawn from a wide range of industry, academia, consumer interest and government bodies. We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the committee members listed below.

Committees and Groups

Advisory Committee on Novel Foods

Purpose: to consider and provide recommendations to FSANZ on whether particular foods are likely to meet the definition of novel food in Standard 1.5.1.

Allergen Collaboration

Purpose: to strengthen engagement and collaboration amongst a range of key stakeholders to enhance the effectiveness of risk management of food allergens, with the objective of supporting consumers to make safer food choices.

Australian BSE Food Safety Assessment Committee

Purpose: to oversee and guide the country BSE food safety assessments conducted by FSANZ.

Consumer and Public Health Dialogue

Purpose:  to provide a forum for FSANZ to consult in-depth with peak consumer and public health bodies and key academics to improve our understanding of community food safety and public health issues and provide a more effective food regulatory response.

Food Allergy and Intolerance Scientific Advisory Group

Purpose: to provide expert clinical advice on a range of matters relating to food allergy and intolerance reactions, which are used to assess and manage risk to allergic consumers.

Health Claims Scientific Advisory Group

Purpose: to provide advice on the quality of evidence relating to food-health relationships for assessing health claims.

Jurisdictional Forum

Purpose: to provide an additional means for jurisdictions to participate in the FSANZ standard-setting process and engage in informed discussion around specific issues related to standards development.

Packaging Advisory Group

Purpose: to provide advice and information on chemicals used in packaging and chemical migration from packaging into food, quality assurance and quality control systems, sourcing and use of packaging materials in the food sector and consumer concerns.

Retailers and Manufacturers Liaison Committee

Purpose: to provide an opportunity to maintain ongoing dialogue between FSANZ and industry through informed discussion on standards development and food safety emergencies.

Social Sciences and Economics Advisory Group

Purpose: to provide expert social sciences and economics advice to FSANZ to assist FSANZ in developing and reviewing the social sciences and economics evidence base underpinning its decisions.

Surveillance and Monitoring Working Group

Purpose: to achieve collective and strategic data generation through the coordination and integration of surveillance and monitoring activities to address ISFR priorities.

Tutin Steering Committee

Purpose: to facilitate the completion of the risk analysis for tutin in honey as part of a review of the maximum levels in the Code.

Expert Advisory Group on New Breeding Techniques

Purpose: to provide expert advice on a range of matters relating to new breeding techniques and the review of Standard 1.5.2 Food produced using gene technology.

*may include workshops, request for advice on issues outside of meetings. General email contact not included.

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