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NIAID established a coordinating committee to oversee the development of the guidelines; review drafts of the guidelines for accuracy, practicality, clarity, and broad utility of the recommendations in clinical practice; review the final guidelines; and assist with the dissemination of the guidelines. Members were from 34 professional organizations, advocacy groups, and federal agencies, and each member was vetted for financial conflict of interest by NIAID staff.
See the members of the coordinating committee and their financial disclosures.
The coordinating committee convened an expert panel in March 2009 that was chaired by Joshua Boyce, M.D., of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Panel members were specialists from a variety of relevant clinical, scientific, and public health areas. Each member was vetted for financial conflict of interest by NIAID staff and approved by the coordinating committee.
The charge to the expert panel was to use an independent, systematic literature review, in conjunction with consensus expert opinion and panel-identified supplementary documents, to develop guidelines that provide a comprehensive approach for diagnosing and managing food allergy based on the current state of the science.
See the members of the expert panel and their financial disclosures.
RAND Corporation prepared an independent, systematic literature review and evidence report on the state of the science in food allergy. NIAID and the expert panel developed an extensive set of questions and topics for the literature review, which were further refined in discussions with RAND.
Read more about the contractor conducting the literature review.
Read the full RAND report.
The draft guidelines were posted to the NIAID website in March 2010 for a period of 60 days to allow for public review and comment. More than 550 comments were collected and reviewed by the coordinating committee, the expert panel, and NIAID. The expert panel revised the guidelines in response to some of these comments.
Last Updated February 17, 2012