ILSI North America is a unique non-profit, scientific foundation that advances the understanding and application of science related to the nutritional quality and safety of the food supply.

Our Core Values:


We work with industry, government, and academic scientists to conduct research to benefit the health of the public.

Scientific Integrity

We commit to publishing our results no matter what the outcome.


We are committed to making our research methods and data available to the scientific community.

Public Benefit

Our projects must address issues of broad public health interest and offer benefit to the health of the public.

Our Story

The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) was incorporated in 1978. From the beginning, the vision was that the organization would generate collaborative science leading to improved human and environmental health and safety worldwide. Over the years ILSI has grown to include 17 independent branches and a Research Foundation.

In 1991, the North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI North America) was established as a public, non-profit scientific foundation.  ILSI North America is the largest of these 17 independently, chartered ILSI branches. ILSI North America achieves its mission by engaging academicgovernment, and industry experts in a neutral forum – by supporting professional and educational programs, conducting research, workshops and seminars, and authoring peer reviewed publications.

ILSI North America's programs are primarily funded with support provided by our diverse industry membership. Today, prominent researchers from industry and academia jointly lead the organization, guiding our collective efforts to conduct research, harmonize the use of science, and encourage scientific dialogue.

Code of Ethics & Organizational Standards

The scientific process requires open, transparent examination and honest interpretation of data.  ILSI North America is committed to such a process and requires that scientists who work with us disclose any potential conflicts of interest.  ILSI North America is committed to academic freedom and publishes all research results, regardless of outcome.
Our commitment to transparency extends to ILSI North America-sponsored publications and deliverables.  ILSI North America publications undergo stringent peer-review by qualified experts prior to publication.  Sources of funding for meetings and publications are disclosed. Our ongoing work on Scientific Integrity is a testament to our commitment to these issues.

This video explains how ILSI is structured and how the organization accomplishes its mission.