The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, is seeking public comment on a draft update to the 2010 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States to address the prevention of peanut allergy. The public comment period begins March 4 and will remain open for 45 days, ending April 18. NIAID encourages health care professionals and interested members of the public to review the draft update and participate in the open comment period.
The prevalence of peanut allergy among children in the United States has doubled in recent years, reaching an estimated 1.4 percent in 2008. However, research findings from a landmark clinical trial conducted by the NIAID-funded Immune Tolerance Network demonstrated that introducing peanut-containing foods early in life to infants at high risk for peanut allergy strikingly reduced the subsequent development of peanut allergy.
To oversee the update to the 2010 guidelines, NIAID in 2015 convened a coordinating committee that includes representatives from 26 professional organizations, advocacy groups and federal agencies. The coordinating committee nominated and approved 26 members of an expert panel tasked with developing the draft update. NIAID convened the expert panel to initiate development of the update.
All comments received during the open comment period will be reviewed and taken into consideration by the coordinating committee, the expert panel members and NIAID as the draft update is finalized.
For more information about the 2010 guidelines, the expert panel, the coordinating committee and the update process, visit the NIAID Food Allergy Guidelines web page.