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Title: EURRECA: development of tools to improve the alignment of micronutrient recommendations
Authors: Matthys, C 
Bucchini, L 
Busstra, M. C. 
Cavelaars, A E J M 
Eleftheriou, Polyvios 
Garcia-Alvarez, A 
Fairweather-Tait, S 
Gurinović, M 
van Ommen, B 
Contor, L 
Major Field of Science: Engineering and Technology
Field Category: Mechanical Engineering
Keywords: EURRECA;Micronutrient interlinked information sources;Micronutrient recommendations;Micronutrient requirements;Nutri-RecQuest
Issue Date: Nov-2010
Source: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2010, vol. 64, pp. S26-S31
Volume: 64
Start page: S26
End page: S31
Journal: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 
Abstract: Approaches through which reference values for micronutrients are derived, as well as the reference values themselves, vary considerably across countries. Harmonisation is needed to improve nutrition policy and public health strategies. The EURRECA (EURopean micronutrient RECommendations Aligned, Network of Excellence is developing generic tools for systematically establishing and updating micronutrient reference values or recommendations. Different types of instruments (including best practice guidelines, interlinked web pages, online databases and decision trees) have been identified. The first set of instruments is for training purposes and includes mainly interactive digital learning materials. The second set of instruments comprises collection and interlinkage of diverse information sources that have widely varying contents and purposes. In general, these sources are collections of existing information. The purpose of the majority of these information sources is to provide guidance on best practice for use in a wider scientific community or for users and stakeholders of reference values. The third set of instruments includes decision trees and frameworks. The purpose of these tools is to guide non-scientists in decision making based on scientific evidence. This platform of instruments will, in particular in Central and Eastern European countries, contribute to future capacity-building development in nutrition. The use of these tools by the scientific community, the European Food Safety Authority, bodies responsible for setting national nutrient requirements and others should ultimately help to align nutrient-based recommendations across Europe. Therefore, EURRECA can contribute towards nutrition policy development and public health strategies.
ISSN: 1476-5640
DOI: 10.1038/ejcn.2010.206
Rights: © Macmillan Publishers Limited
Type: Article
Affiliation : ILSI Europe AISBL 
Hylobates Consulting 
Wageningen University and Research Centre 
Cyprus University of Technology 
University of Barcelona Science Park 
University of East Anglia 
University of Belgrade 
TNO Quality of Life, Zeist 
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