iFAAM Workshop on “Application of Food Allergen Management Tools”

Geel, Belgium
25/04/2016 – 26/04/2016


The programme is available here.


At the moment, we do not have easy to use and acceptable risk analysis tools in Europe. One of the goals of the iFAAM project is to implement an allergen risk management approach. This risk management approach and how current analytical tools can be deployed in that perspective was presented and discussed in the workshop.

The overall objective of this workshop was to seek critical feedback on iFAAM risk analysis tools and approaches proposed for managing the risks posed by the presence of unintended allergens in foods. This was achieved by a combination of presentations and discussions in break-out groups:
  • Presenting the tiered risk management tools developed during iFAAM and showing how they can be integrated in managing the risk from unintended allergen presence;
  • Showing how testing methodology can be embedded within the risk assessment and management process and best practice with regards its application (including choice of method and validation);
  • Explaining how the integrated risk assessment approach can help to define benchmarks for PAL and make them transparent for all stakeholders.

Each session included time for discussions and the feedback from the stakeholder consultation helped the further development of the risk analysis tools and approaches developed in iFAAM.


Integrated approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management (iFAAM) is a four years research project funded under the 7th Framework Programme. The iFAAM consortium consists of 38 Partner Organisations, coordinated by the Manchester University. The overall objective of iFAAM is to develop evidence-based approaches and tools for the management of allergens in food and integrating knowledge derived from their application into food allergy management plans and dietary advice by health care practitioners. Within iFAAM a clinically validated tiered risk assessment approach for food allergens is developed.


Registration was open only to invited stakeholders. Requests for attendance from interested scientists who have not received an invitation should be addressed by e-mail to Dr Estefanía Noriega at enoriega@ilsieurope.be.


The event was held at:
Joint Research Centre – Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (JRC-IRMM)
Retieseweg 111, B-2440 Geel, Belgium


For more information on iFAAM, please visit http://www.inflammation-repair.manchester.ac.uk/ifaam.