IFAC has engaged a number of regulatory agencies and industry organizations to establish relationships, share information, offer technical and scientific expertise and collaborate when possible. In 2010, IFAC met with the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety, now the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA), to explore areas of mutual interest. In 2011, IFAC and CFSA completed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which states the groups will share information and work on areas of mutual interest related to food ingredients. This MOU remains in place and IFAC meets annually with CFSA during the Codex Committee on Food Additives Meeting. Collaboration with CFSA whenever possible is a cornerstone of the IFAC China program, and the MOU provides IFAC with unique tool to nurture this type of collaboration in China.
IFAC has several other MOUs in place with other organizations. IFAC completed a MOU with the Importers and Exporters Association of Taipei (IEAT), which is intended to promote collaboration and information sharing between the groups. As a result of this new relationship, IFAC presented at a July 2015 workshop sponsored by Taiwan’s International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) office and IEAT. In addition, IFAC, on behalf of its Microbial Food Cultures (MFCs) and Probiotics Committee, completed a MOU with the European Food and Feed Cultures Association (EFFCA) to collaborate on issues specifically related to MFCs.