Achieving a transparent, actionable framework for public-private partnerships for food and nutrition research

Am J Clin Nutr. 2015 Jun;101(6):1359-63. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.115.112805.


Officers and other representatives of more than a dozen food-, nutrition-, and health-related scientific societies and organizations, food industry scientists, and staff of the USDA, the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration, and the NIH convened on 8 December 2014 in Washington, DC, to reach a consensus among individuals participating on guiding principles for the development of research-oriented, food- and nutrition-related public-private partnerships. During the daylong working meeting, participants discussed and revised 12 previously published guidelines to ensure integrity in the conduct of food and nutrition research collaborations among public, nonprofit, and private sectors. They agreed to reconvene periodically to reassess the public-private partnership principles. This article presents the guiding principles and potential benefits, outlines key discussion points, and articulates points of agreement and reservation.

Keywords: conflict of interest; food safety; guiding principles; nutrition; public health; public-private partnerships; research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Food Industry
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.) / organization & administration*
  • Nutrition Policy / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Public Health
  • Public-Private Sector Partnerships / organization & administration*
  • Research Design / standards*
  • United States
  • United States Food and Drug Administration / organization & administration*