The World Health Organisation (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
The Infant Nutrition Council INC is a member of ISDI. ISDI is the leading international expert association on special dietary foods. It brings together national and international associations that are active in this food sector from more than 20 countries over 6 continents.ISDI is a platform for debate on regulatory, technical and scientific issues regarding special dietary foods.
The objectives of ISDI are:
- To promote high standards in the production and trade of special dietary foods;
- To collect, analyse and communicate information and documentation relating to special dietary foods;
- To collaborate with international institutes and organisations such as the Codex Alimentarius and the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
ISDI holds a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status with the World Health Organization (WHO) and with Codex Alimentarius.
The British Specialist Nutrition Association represents the manufacturers of specialist nutrition products, covering products as diverse as infant formula and prescribable gluten free foods, medical foods and sports foods.
The International Formula Council (IFC) is an international association of manufacturers and marketers of formulated nutrition products (e.g., infant formulas and adult nutritionals) whose members are predominantly based in North America. It was formed in 1998 through the consolidation of the Infant Formula Council (founded in 1970) and the Enteral Nutrition Council (founded in 1983).
Agricultural Trade Links
The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resource’s develops and implements policies and programmes to ensure Australia’s agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable, and supports the sustainable and productive management and use of rivers and water resources.
The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries plays a significant role in enabling international market access for New Zealand’s agriculture, food, forestry and related products, and representing the interests of the New Zealand primary sector in international trade policy and standard-setting forums. MPI has responsibility for the New Zealand dairy export market which includes infant formula.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is New Zealand’s international business development agency. NZTE’s role is to help New Zealand businesses grow bigger, better, faster in international markets.
The prime function of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is to self-regulate advertising in New Zealand.
On 8 November 2013 the Australian government ceased the functions of the Advisory Panel on the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula (APMAIF) which included investigating complaints regarding the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formulas: Manufacturers and Importers Agreement 1992 (MAIF Agreement).
In 2014 the Infant Nutrition Council established an alternate MAIF Complaints Tribunal in collaboration with the Department of Health and key stakeholders. The new tribunal is independent of Industry, and managed by The Ethics Centre.
The Compliance Panel was established by the Ministry of Health and is part of the complaints process for implementing and monitoring the Code in New Zealand.
FSANZ is a bi-national Government agency with the responsibility is to develop and administer the ‘Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code’ (the Code), which lists requirements for foods such as additives, food safety, labelling and GM foods.
Breastfeeding and Other Relevant Government Links
The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is an organisation of people interested in the promotion and protection of breastfeeding. ABA was founded in Melbourne, Victoria in 1964 (as the Nursing Mothers’ Association), with the primary aim of giving mother-to-mother support to breastfeeding women.
The NHMRC has developed NHMRC Infant Feeding Guidelines and the Australian Dietary Guidelines. INC participated in the development of these guidelines.
- Infant Feeding Guidelines
- Australian Dietary Guidelines
- Department of Health and Ageing – Healthy Living Branch
The Australian Department of Health and Ageing – Healthy Living Branch is responsible for developing and evaluating national policy, resources and initiatives in the areas of nutrition and healthy eating, health promoting physical activity and promoting healthy weight.
The committee was established to provide expert advice to the Director-General of Health, working with the vision of making breastfeeding the norm in New Zealand.
The National Strategic Plan of Action for Breastfeeding 2008-2012 sets out a strategic framework to support the establishment of a breastfeeding culture in New Zealand. It is the advice of the National Breastfeeding Committee to the Director-General of Health.
The NZBA was formed in 1997-8 by a number of groups involved in the breastfeeding field to work towards the establishment of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in New Zealand. It was incorporated in 1999 and contracted by the Health Funding Authority to develop BFHI for New Zealand. Its primary focus has been on the establishment of BFHI, together with the development of the Baby Friendly Community Initiative (BFCI).
The New Zealand Ministry of Health aims to ensure that the health and disability support system works for all New Zealanders. Healthy Eating – Healthy Action (HEHA) is the Ministry of Health’s strategic approach to improving nutrition, increasing physical activity and achieving healthy weight for all New Zealanders.
Plunket is New Zealand’s largest provider of support services for the development, health and well being of children under the age of 5. It is a national not-for-profit organisation, community-owned and governed.
The Australian Food and Grocery Council are the leading national organisation representing Australia’s packaged food, drink and grocery products manufacturers. Their role is to help shape a business environment that encourages the food and grocery products industry to grow and remain profitable. They also provide food and grocery products manufacturers with a platform from which they can voice their views on a range of issues.
Dairy Australia is the national services body for dairy farmers and the industry. Their role is to help farmers adapt to a changing operating environment, and achieve a profitable, sustainable dairy industry.
The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council (FGC) is an industry association which represents the manufacturers and suppliers behind New Zealand’s food, beverage, and grocery brands. Their members represent more than $28 billion in domestic retail sales, $26 billion in exports, and directly or indirectly employ about 350,000 people, or one in five people in our workforce.
The Association was formed so members could work collectively on public policy issues of importance to dairy companies and could engage in advocacy and representation with authorities in New Zealand and overseas. Policy issues include anything that might impact on the production, manufacturing, trade and marketing of dairy products, including issues affecting the public perception of dairy products.