Nutrition Science Advisory Committee (NSAC): Nomination call for members

Ottawa, Ontario
July 18, 2019

Health Canada is establishing a new external Nutrition Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) to provide timely and independent scientific and technical advice related to nutrition, including current and emerging research within the field. Advice provided by the Committee may be used to inform Health Canada's policies and programs.

The Committee will be expected to provide advice on several key areas:

  1. Emerging scientific trends impacting the nutritional health of Canadians, including horizon scanning.
  2. Best practices in assessing and evaluating scientific evidence to inform public health nutrition policy.
  3. Topics for which evidence reviews are timely and relevant to public health nutrition (for example, where there are significant new research findings to be reviewed).
  4. Nutrition within a broad public health context, including where diet is one of a number of risk factors (for example, cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoporosis and/or obesity).
  5. Nutrition issues across the lifecycle, including nutrition of vulnerable groups (for example, infants and the elderly), among sub-populations with particular attention to health inequities.
  6. Effectiveness of population and systems level interventions to improve the nutritional health of Canadians.

Health Canada is seeking nominations (including self-nominations) for up to eight core members of the Committee, as well as for ad hoc members. Core members will be permanent members for the duration of their terms (up to three years), and ad hoc members will be invited to serve for a specific topic or group of topics. All advisory body members serve on a volunteer basis.

Nominees should have current expertise that may include, but not be limited to areas such as:

Following a review of all nominations by a selection committee, the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Health Products and Food Branch will appoint members to NSAC. The selection committee will be composed of Government of Canada staff with expertise in science and nutrition, and may include:

An external conflict of interest expert will advise the selection committee.

Additional information for potential members:

The nomination should contain the following information:

In accordance with the Privacy Act, all personal information collected will be protected and treated according to Government of Canada records management standards.

Nominations must be received by September 30, 2019.

To receive a copy of the draft Terms of Reference and for any questions, please contact us at:
Nutrition Science Advisory Committee
250 Lanark Avenue
Ottawa, ON
Mail Stop 2005A
K1A 0K9

Or via email:
Thank you for your interest in this important initiative.

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