GHI Working Groups (WGs) provide a platform for GHI member scientists and experts to engage with colleagues to collaborate, build consensus and take collective action within topical areas relevant to our mission.
Members of the GHI WGs — scientists and experts from industry, government and academia with expertise in food safety, nutrition, regulation and trade — work together to come to agreement on the scientific principles that support informed and objective global regulatory and legislative decision-making. Working Groups look at each focus area from all sides, examining the scientific and legal issues piece-by-piece and side-by-side to complete the global harmonization puzzle.
Working Toward a Harmonious Solution
Each WG collects and evaluates available scientific evidence in the area of interest, and assesses the existing laws and regulations (or lack thereof) and the potential for harmonization of global laws and regulations consistent with the scientific findings. The goal of each GHI Working Group is to develop a white paper or consensus statement that promotes globally harmonized, science-based food regulations in a specific focus area.
Each Working Group’s findings undergo a rigorous and international subject matter expert review. Once finalized, GHI issues official consensus statements via white papers or similar deliverables for global distribution to public health authorities, regulatory agencies, legislative and policymaking bodies. GHI also communicates the WG findings to the public, press and policymakers through its communications channels, including social media, web blog, digital email and e-newsletter, articles, and conference presentations.
Find out more about the GHI Working Group process and how to establish a WG by downloading our information sheet, Working Toward Harmony: About the GHI Working Group Process (.pdf)
Share Your Expertise
GHI is committed to building a working group process that is accessible by food scientists worldwide to ensure that any consensus reached is broad-based and truly representative of current scientific knowledge from every continent. GHI members are invited to join one or more groups based on their interests and expertise. To join:
- Contact the GHI Working Group Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, listing the WGs in which you’d like to participate or to suggest new WG topics related to global harmonization. Your request will be reviewed to ensure that your expertise is matched to the appropriate WG area of interest.
- Once you have qualified as a participant in a WG, you will receive notification via email, along with information from the WG Coordinator and/or WG Chair regarding upcoming meetings, available minutes or relevant past WG meeting materials, and a list of current WG members.
- Only registered members of GHI are eligible to join its Working Groups. If you are not already a GHI member, click here to join our global community of scientists and experts. There is no fee to join GHI.
Standing Working Groups & Chairs
Chemical Food Safety
Dr. Jaap Hanekamp, The Netherlands
Dr. Julian Cox, Australia
Dr. Firouz Darroudi, The Netherlands
Dr. Naresh Magan, UK
Dr. Mark Shamtsyan, Russia
Dr. Karina Grigoryan, Armenia
Dr. An-I Yeh, Taiwan
Dr. Vishweshwaraiah Prakash, India
Dr. Iuliana Vintila, Romania
Regulatory Aspects of Reducing Post-Harvest Losses
Dr. Kenneth Marsh, USA
Food Safety in Relation to Religious Dietary Laws
Isabella van Rijn, MSc, The Netherlands
Dr. Ismail Odetokun, Nigeria
Education and Training of Food Handlers
Prof. Dr. Jamuna Prakash, India
Prof. Dr. Amalia Mitelut, Romania
Prof. Dr. Jesus Frias, Ireland
Working Groups Forming
GHI has accepted proposals for a number of new Working Groups. If you would like to contribute as a member in any of these groups, please contact the Working Group Coordinator.
Ethics in the Food Industry
Irena Šoljić, MSc., Croatia
Food Contact Materials
Mr. Eric Partington, United Kingdom
Principles of Process Validation
Dr. Tatiana Koutchma, Canada
Nomenclature on Food Safety and Quality
Dr. Dmitri Chr. Kulyov, Russia
Dr. Ileana Negruzza, Russia
Dr. Roger Fenwick, United Kingdom