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ILSI North America is a non-profit scientific organization that advances the integrity and conduct of nutrition and food safety research and its application for the benefit of public health.

ILSI North America is the only US-Canadian organization that brings together scientists from government, academia and industry to uphold the scientific integrity and objectivity of nutrition and food safety science so that the resulting data and its applications are used ethically to improve food systems for the betterment of public health.

The work of ILSI North America is grounded in our four core values, and guided by our bylaws and polices:

Collaboration

We work collaboratively with U.S. and Canadian scientists from government, academia and industry to share responsibility regarding the conduct of nutrition and food safety research.

Scientific Integrity

We create well-respected guidelines for scientific integrity and transparency in the conduct and use of nutrition and food sector research.

Transparency

We are committed to making research methods and data of projects we support readily available to the scientific community.

Public Benefit

Our projects must address issues of broad public health interest with an aim to improve and benefit the public.

Our Story

The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) was incorporated in 1978 to generate collaborative science to improve human and environmental health and safety worldwide. Today, ILSI has grown to include 17 independent branches and a Research Foundation.

ILSI North American is the largest of the ILSI branches, established in 1991 as a public, non-profit scientific organization.  ILSI North America engages academic, government, and industry experts in a neutral forum – by supporting professional and educational programs; by conducting research, workshops and seminars; and by 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 nutrition and food safety research, harmonize the use of scientific data and its application, and encourage scientific dialogue.

Ethics and Standards of Conduct

The structure and conduct of ILSI North America and its activities are encoded in our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. We hold that the sponsoring and conduct of scientific research in the nutrition and food sector as well as the applications of the results of such efforts must be ethical and transparent.

ILSI North America is signatory of the Center for Open Science's Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines, which provide actionable steps for institutions to practice and promote transparent, reproducible, and rigorous research. We require the investigators we support to follow these guidelines. Learn more about ILSI North America’s implementation of the TOP Guidelines.

Via our Conflict of Interest Policy, we make the ILSI North America members, advisors, consultants, other key stakeholders in ILSI North America's scientific activities, and users of ILSI North America’s scientific work products aware of the ethical principles guiding our structure and adherence to rigorous investigation and scientifically balanced, evidence-based work products. We believe researchers from the public and private sectors can and should work together and that disclosure of interests, conflicts, biases and funding improve science.

Our commitment to academic freedom and to transparency extends to the publications and deliverables we sponsor. Our Publications Policy requires that we publish all research results, regardless of outcome. Our publications undergo stringent peer-review by qualified experts prior to publication. Sources of funding for meetings and publications are disclosed.

Moreover, our ongoing work on Scientific Integrity guidance for the nutrition and food science sector is a testament to our commitment to these issues

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