EFSA has launched an open consultation on its draft protocol for a systematic review on health outcomes related to the age of introduction of complementary food for the scientific assessment of the appropriate age of introduction of complementary feeding into an infant’s diet.
The first part of the draft protocol (i.e. systematic literature search, up to (including) the stage of full text screening) has been developed by an external contractor (i.e. consortium of Pallas health research and consultancy and Wageningen University and Research) in the framework of a procurement procedure. The second part of the protocol has been developed by the EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) and its Working Group on Infant Nutrition who, together with EFSA staff members, will be responsible for carrying out the remaining steps of the systematic literature review (i.e. assessment of the reliability of the included studies, data extraction, and updates of the literature search).
In line with EFSA’s policy on openness and transparency and in order for EFSA to receive comments from the scientific community and stakeholders, EFSA has launched a public consultation on the draft document developed as indicated above.
Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 23 March 2017. Please use the electronic template provided to submit comments and refer to the line and page numbers. Please note that after 2 hours your working session will expire and comments submitted after that time will not be recorded and transmitted. If you would like to submit additional data to support your comments or files send an email to: NDA.PublicConsult.83 [at] efsa.europa.eu. Please note that comments will not be considered if they:
- are submitted after the closing date of the public consultation;
- are not related to the contents of the document;
- contain complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material;
- are related to policy or risk management aspects, which are out of the scope of EFSA's activity.
EFSA will assess all comments from interested parties which are submitted in line with the criteria above. The comments will be further considered by the external contractor and the EFSA NDA Panel and its Working Group on Infant Nutrition, and taken into consideration if found to be relevant.
All comments submitted will be published. Comments submitted by individuals in a personal capacity will be presented anonymously. Comments submitted formally on behalf of an organisation will appear with the name of the organisation.
Submit comments (deadline: 23 March 2017)