QALIBRA-Heilsuvogin. First Annual Report




Helga Gunnlaugsdóttir, Nynke de Jong, Matthew Atkinson, Lynn Frewer, Bjorn Þorgilsson, Heiða Pálmadóttir, Andy Hart

Supported by:

European Union (EU), Matis, CSL, RIVM, WU, UPATRAS, Altagra, IPIMAR

QALIBRA-Heilsuvogin. First Annual Report

This report is the first annual report of the European project QALIBRA and covers the period from 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007. QALIBRA, or “Quality of Life - Integrated Benefit and Risk Analysis. Webbased tool for assessing food safety and health benefits, ”abbreviated QALIBRA (Heilsuvogin in Icelandic), is the name of a European project, which falls under Priority 5, Food Quality & Safety in the 6th EU Research Program. This is a three-and-a-half-year project managed by the Fisheries Research Institute (now Matís ohf). The project manager is Helga Gunnlaugsdóttir, department manager at Matís. The aim of the QALIBRA project is to develop quantitative methods to assess both the positive and negative effects of food ingredients on human health. The aim is for these methods to be presented in a computer program that will be open and accessible to all stakeholders on the World Wide Web. Participants in the project are from Iceland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Greece, Portugal and Hungary.

This is the first periodic activity and management report for the project QALIBRA - “Quality of life - integrated benefit and risk analysis. Web - based tool for assessing food safety and health benefits ”. The report covers the period from 01.04.06 to 31.03.07. QALIBRA is partly funded by the EC's Sixth Framework Program, Priority 5, Food Quality & Safety. It began in April 2006 and will end in 2009. The objectives of QALIBRA are to develop a suite of quantitative methods for assessing and integrating beneficial and adverse effects of foods and make them available to all stakeholders as web-based software for assessing and communicating net health impacts. The participants in the project are: Matís, Iceland, coordinator, Central Science Laboratory, United Kingdom, National Institute of Public Health and The Environment, The Netherlands, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, University of Patras, Greece, Altagra Business Service, Hungary, National Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries Research, Portugal.

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