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.
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.
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. Our responsibility to maintain and uphold standards of scientific integrity is reflected in a set of Mandatory Policies. These policies are binding on all of ILSI’s 17 affiliated Entities and address the selection of scientific programs as well as their development and conduct.
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