EURRECA – Harmonising nutrient recommendations across Europe with special focus on vulnerable groups and consumer understanding.

ILSI Europe coordinated a Network of Excellence (NoE) funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme.The initiative and the funds needed to elaborate a proposal came from the ILSI Europe Nutrient Requirements Task Force.

EURRECA (EURopean micronutrient RECommendations Aligned) consisted of 35 partners based in 18 countries. The Network (2007-2012) addressed the problem of variations in micronutrient recommendations between different European countries. Its main objective was to develop methodologies to standardise the process of setting micronutrient recommendations.


Please find below a selection of EURRECA scientific publications (last update: November 2013).

P. van ’t Veer, E. Grammatikaki, C. Matthys, M.M. Raats and L. Contor. EURRECA – Framework for Aligning Micronutrient RecommendationsCritical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition 2013;53(10):988-998.

R. Dhonukshe-Rutten, J. Bouwman, K.A. Brown, A.E. Cavelaars, R. Collings, E. Grammatikaki, L.C.P.G.M. de Groot, M. Gurinovic, L.J. Harvey, M. Hermoso, R. Hurst, B. Kremer, J. Ngo, R. Novakovic, M.M. Raats, F. Rollin, L. Serra-Majem, O.W. Souverein, L. Timotijevic and P. van ’t Veer. EURRECA – Evidence-Based Methodology for Deriving Micronutrient RecommendationsCritical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition 2013;53(10):999-1040.

M. Claessens, L. Contor, R. Dhonukshe-Rutten, L.C.P.G.M. de Groot, S.J. Fairweather-Tait, M. Gurinovic, B. Koletzko, B. Van Ommen, M.M. Raats and P. van ’t Veer. EURRECA – Principles and Future for Deriving Micronutrient RecommendationsCritical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition 2013;53(10):1135-1146.

P. van ’t Veer, H. Heseker, E. Grammatikaki, V. Benetou, M. Gregorič, I. Margaritis, M.M. Raats and T. Wijnhoven. EURRECA/WHO Workshop report: “Deriving Micronutrient Recommendations: Updating Best PracticesAnnals of Nutrition and Metabolism 2013;62(1):63-67.

C. Matthys, P. van ‘t Veer, L. de Groot, L. Hooper, A.E.J.M. Cavelaars, R. Collings, R. Dhonukshe-Rutten, L.J. Harvey, A.Casgrain, F. Rollin and L. Contor. EURRECA’s Approach for Estimating Micronutrient RequirementsInternational Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research 2011;(81)4:256-263.

C. Matthys, L. Bucchini, M.C. Busstra, A.E.J.M. Cavelaars, P. Eleftheriou, A. Garcıa-Alvarez, S.J. Fairweather-Tait, M. Gurinovic , B. van Ommen and L. Contor. EURRECA: development of tools to improve the alignment of micronutrient recommendationsEuropean Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2010;64:S26-S31.


Nutri-RecQuest, micronutrient recommendation search engine – One of EURRECA’s important tools, Nutri-RecQuest, a web-based search engine on current micronutrient recommendations is freely available online: Nutri-RecQuest

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