The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has made a commitment to transparency throughout the review process.
Part of this transparency will be communicating the outcomes of committee meetings and providing an overview of relevant meetings and communications.
Communiqué – Dietary Guidelines Expert Committee
NHMRC has committed to increased transparency in the review of the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines (2013 Guidelines). In line with this commitment, a communiqué will be released following each meeting of NHMRC's Dietary Guidelines Expert Committee to provide a summary of meeting outcomes. The communiques are available on the Expert Committee webpage.
To foster trust in the review of the 2013 Guidelines and to increase transparency, NHMRC will publish a summary of meetings, correspondence and relevant phone calls from external stakeholders relating to the review of the 2013 Guidelines. The communication log will record the contact person/ organisation, topic and the outcomes on this website.
External stakeholder interactions are included in the review of the 2013 Guidelines' Communication Log if they relate to the 2013 Guidelines' review and the communication aims to influence the 2013 Guidelines' review process and/or outcomes.
Examples of stakeholder communication that will be included:
- sending evidence (when unsolicited by NHMRC)
- outlining a viewpoint via written correspondence or phone call in relation to the 2013 Guidelines' review process or content
- requesting meetings with NHMRC to discuss the review of the 2013 Guidelines.
Exceptions to this process are requests from foreign governments and routine administrative requests from other areas of government. Communication for the purpose of making a simple enquiry or request, unrelated to the development of the 2013 Guidelines, will not be published.
The communication log is available in the downloads section (below).