The International Food Additives Council (IFAC) is a global association representing manufacturers and end-users of food ingredients. IFAC completed an organizational restructure in 2020, which resulted in three broad, cross-cutting committees to best meet the needs of the food ingredient industry. IFAC’s new committees more effectively and efficiently serve member needs in a variety of highly specialized areas.

Following is an overview of IFAC’s current committees. For more information, contact


Regulatory Committee

Regulatory affairs is one of the cornerstone services provided by IFAC. Focusing on the U.S. but recognizing opportunities globally, IFAC regularly engages with regulatory authorities to share science-based positions and educate on key issues of interest. IFAC regulatory activities include:

  • Monitoring global regulatory proposals impacting IFAC members, disseminating timely updates, developing and submitting IFAC positions, and conducting necessary follow up to achieve member objectives.
  • Relationship building with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory agencies of interest, to establish IFAC as a key resource on food additive issues.
  • Retaining a regulatory consultant in the European Union and a satellite office in Beijing to serve as eyes and ears of IFAC in key regions.
  • Leading and actively participating in industry coalitions aimed at advocating for the incorporation of industry positions in regulatory publications.

Standards Committee

IFAC strives for globally-harmonized standards and specifications for food ingredients and food additives. Following are the primary activities of the IFAC Standards Committee:

  • Active participation in Codex Alimentarius, primarily the Codex Committee on Food Additives, including providing technological justification for the use of food additives in priority food categories and engaging with key government and industry delegations.
  • Close engagement with the U.S. Pharmacopeia (an IFAC Associate Member) to ensure the scientific basis of Food Chemicals Codex monographs.
  • Development and promotion of IFAC best practices on key topics, including Good Manufacturing Practices, the GRAS process, New Dietary Ingredient Notifications, and management of allergens.

Communications Committee

IFAC’s communications program works to combat negative perceptions around food additives by promoting the benefits of food ingredients and educating stakeholders on the sources and uses of food ingredients/additives. The Communications & Outreach Committee:

  • Provides input on the development and expansion of IFAC’s consumer-facing website, including contributing content and promoting to stakeholders.
  • Promotes IFAC resources, including the GMP Guide, GRAS Best Practices Guide, and NDIN Industry Guide, through webinars, word of mouth, and other strategies.
  • Utilizes social media platforms, including LinkedIn and Twitter, to engage with key audiences.
  • Works to maintain and expand IFAC membership through new services and broader representation at Codex, trade shows, and through the website.

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