The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) will seek public comment on the draft “Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy.” The period for public comment will open in early 2010 and will last for 60 days. You are encouraged to examine the guidelines and participate in the open comment period by visiting the NIAID Food Allergy Clinical Guidelines public comment site: http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/topics/foodAllergy/clinical/comments.htm.
As part of the process of developing the guidelines, NIAID convened a coordinating committee that includes representatives from 33 professional organizations, advocacy groups, and federal agencies. The role of the coordinating committee is to advise NIAID, review draft(s), approve the final guidelines, and develop a plan for the dissemination of the final guidelines.
The guidelines will be based on an independent, systematic review of the scientific and clinical literature. The RAND Corporation was awarded the contract to perform this comprehensive literature review and has prepared an evidence-based report.
An expert panel has been convened, composed of 25 members with expertise from a variety of relevant clinical and scientific areas, and chaired by Dr Joshua A. Boyce of Harvard Medical School. The expert panel will use both the evidence-based report and consensus expert opinion as the foundation for developing the draft clinical guidelines. The final guidelines are expected to be completed and ready for dissemination by the summer of 2010.
More information and updates on this project are available at the NIAID Web site: http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/topics/foodAllergy/clinical.
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