Task forces initiate, develop and manage all projects. They reach their goals and address their issues through expert groups, partnerships in European Union-funded projects, workshops, and conferences.
Task forces comprise interested company representatives and non-industry experts acting as scientific advisors. Each task force appoints a Chair, a Vice-Chair and an academic Co-Chair who will perform their duties in close collaboration with the ILSI Europe office.
The main roles of the Chair are:
- To take the lead in defining the scientific programme of the task force and ensuring its application;
- To ensure good budget management;
- To closely follow the progress of all expert groups;
- To ensure the active participation of the task force members in the various activities, such as the long-term planning of the scientific programme and the identification of emerging issues.
The main roles of the Vice-Chair are:
- To assist the task force Chair in the preparation and follow-up of meetings;
- To replace the task force Chair in meetings/conference calls when needed.
In principle, ILSI Europe foresees a rotation from the Vice-Chair to the Chair position after three years, with the possibility to extend the mandate of the Chair and Vice-Chair once (maximum two terms) if required.
Task force Co-Chairs must come from academia. Their main roles are:
- To act as scientific advisors of the task force;
- To ensure that the scientific work programme of the given task force and its expert groups is aligned with ILSI Europe’s vision and mission;
- To ensure the scientific integrity of the task force members and expert groups;
- To actively contribute to the development and follow-up of new activity proposals.
In principle, ILSI Europe foresees that the Co-Chair rotates when the task force work programme changes focus.
A new task force is created when a new activity proposal is approved by the Board of Directors, after review by the Scientific Advisory Committee and external academic reviewers, provided it receives the support of at least 5 member companies.
A task force is funded by its supporting member companies and is disbanded when its programme is completed or in case company support is below the required minimum of 5 supporting member companies.
Current ILSI Europe Task Forces
Alternatives to Animal Testing in Food Safety, Nutrition and Efficacy Studies
Authenticity of Food
Early Nutrition and Long-Term Health (formerly Metabolic Imprinting)
Food Contaminants (formerly Process-related Compounds and Natural Toxins)
Health Benefits Assessment of Foods (formerly Functional Foods)
Microbiological Food Safety
Nutrition and Brain Health (formerly Nutrition and Mental Performance)
Threshold of Toxicological Concern