Best Practices in Nutrition Science to Earn and Keep the Public’s Trust

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) needs your input! In 2016, ASN commissioned an independent “Blue Ribbon Panel” to review the current state of trust in nutrition science and to provide recommendations regarding how to work collaboratively with various stakeholders across sectors and disciplines while maintaining transparency and scientific rigor in nutrition science to uphold the trust of all stakeholders. Now we would like your help in determining our Society’s path forward in responding to the Panel’s recommendations and determining which, if any, should be implemented.

To ensure objectivity, many of the Blue Ribbon Panel members are not ASN members and do not work within the field of nutrition. In addition, the ASN Board of Directors had no influence or input on the discussions or recommendations of the panel. Their report “Best Practices in Nutrition Science to Earn and Keep the Public’s Trust” and its recommendations, which are based on a comprehensive literature review, will soon be published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN). While this topic and recommendations apply to various stakeholders across industry, government, academia and other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations within the field of nutrition and beyond, these recommendations were targeted to ASN.

In consultation with the AJCN Editor and the ASN Board of Directors as to maintaining confidentiality during peer review, the report was released to select ASN committees (relevant to each of the recommendations) to begin the process of evaluating the reports’ recommendations while maintaining strict confidentiality of the report. The relevant, select ASN committees were asked to consider whether the six recommendations should be implemented as proposed, should be revised in any way prior to implementation, or should not be implemented at all. We now request the same input from stakeholders and request any additional recommendations from stakeholders that ASN should consider to ensure trust in nutrition science.

ASN first initiated ASN member and attendee feedback opportunities at Nutrition 2018 with the report and recommendations presented in multiple forums to attendees. Audio from the Nutrition 2018 presentations is available on ASN on Demand. Now following peer-review and publication, we again welcome ASN member and stakeholder feedback regarding ASN next steps and implementation of these important recommendations, as well as your suggestions for additional recommendations ASN should consider to ensure trust in nutrition science.

ASN members, AJCN readers and all other stakeholders are encouraged to share feedback on ASN implementation of the recommendations! Thank you for reviewing the recommendations and providing valuable feedback to ASN regarding the topics in these recommendations to help the Society in our implementation efforts. 

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Please contact Sarah Ohlhorst with any questions regarding the report, recommendations, or implementation.