ARCHIVED - Food Expert Advisory Committee - Call for Nomination

Food Directorate
Frederick G. Banting Building
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway
Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0K9

August 24, 2011

To whom it may concern:

In 2010, the Food Directorate (FD) established a [Food Regulatory Advisory Committee] (FRAC) to provide expert advice on its activities related to food safety and nutrition. At its last meeting in Ottawa, held on June 1-2, 2011, members of the Advisory Committee decided to rename the Committee as the Food Expert Advisory Committee (FEAC) to better reflect its mandate. The FEAC provides the Directorate with broad expert strategic advice on its regulatory and administrative oversight of foods. It also provides advice on matters related to strategic planning, priority-setting and environmental scanning of issues related to food safety, nutritional quality or other matters related to the FD's mandate. Representing a mix of expertise and experience, the Committee currently consists of 20 members from the research and academic, health and regulatory professional, industry, and patient and consumer group sectors. The FEAC adheres to the Health Products and Food Branch's [Guidance on Advisory Bodies],which sets out best practices and standards for establishing and managing advisory bodies and ensures that they operate in an open and transparent manner. The Guidance is also attached for your information.

This call for nominations is for five ad hoc members who will supplement the existing expertise of FEAC by providing input and advice specific to sodium-related issues and initiatives. A minimum of two FEAC meetings take place annually, as outlined in the Terms of Reference, which is attached for your information. The five ad hoc members will be added to the FEAC to provide additional expertise when the committee is asked to provide advice on sodium-related matters and will be attending those specific meetings when such items are on the agenda. These could relate to any aspect related to Health Canada's efforts in supporting Canadians to reduce their sodium intake.

Qualifications of potential members:

The ad hoc members will be selected based on having expertise, experience, and professional recognition relevant to the FEAC mandate, and demonstrated experience working in a committee environment. The expertise being sought includes one or more of the following with preference given where that experience is related to dietary sodium:

  • Experience working in sectors including consumer/patient groups, processed food industry, food services sector, health and regulatory professionals, and non-government organizations with a focus on health;
  • Knowledge of sodium-related diseases;
  • Knowledge and/or experience in public health, including health promotion and nutrition education; and
  • Knowledge of nutrition surveillance, and monitoring and evaluation of public health interventions.

Members are to serve as individuals on the basis of their expertise, knowledge and experience, rather than as a representative of their association or affiliated group. In appointing members, the FD is committed to diversity and inclusiveness, including linguistic, population, and geographic locations, where appropriate.  

Requirements prior to appointment:

Appointments will be for a two or three-year term. Advisory body members serve on a volunteer basis. To be considered for appointment, an applicant must:

  • obtain a security clearance at the required level;
  • complete an Affiliations and Interests Declaration Form; and
  • sign a Confidentiality Agreement.

As a condition of appointment, members will allow Health Canada to publish on its website and in print materials a short biography and summary of their affiliations and interests.

Applicable policies:

Members will be reimbursed for expenses incurred during their work on an advisory body, such as travel and accommodation, according to the Treasury Board's Directive on the Management of Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences.

We will provide orientation to appointed members so they can learn about Health Canada's processes and regulations, and the roles and responsibilities of advisory body members.

Committee members will be appointed by the Director General of the Food Directorate, following a review of all nominations by a Health Canada selection committee.

Next steps:

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Food Expert Advisory Committee Secretariat by phone at (613) 941-2772 or by email at: (feac-ccea@hc-sc.gc.ca).

The application should be submitted by mail, priority courier, or by e-mail at: (feac-ccea@hc-sc.gc.ca) by September 14, 2011:

Food Expert Advisory Committee
Attention: FEAC Secretariat
Address Locator, 2204D, Frederick G. Banting Building
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9

I appreciate your consideration.

Yours sincerely,

Samuel Godefroy. Ph.D.,
Director General, Food Directorate

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