Workshops Post Conference

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, with the technical collaboration of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), is organizing a hands-on training on individual food consumption and composition data harmonization with the FoodEx2 system. FoodEx2 allows to describe and categorize foods in a systematic way, therefore facilitating harmonization between datasets, in particular between food consumption data and food composition data.This one-day training is dedicated to data managers who are interested in sharing their consumption data through the FAO/WHO GIFT platform or harmonizing their food composition data to facilitate matching with other datasets. It will cover an introduction to FoodEx2, the main uses and basic principles for its use, followed by a necessarily short set of introductory exercises (e.g. on food composition- or food consumption-related food items).

Attendance at the training will be by invitation only. No more than 30trainees.

Date: October 14, 2017 as post 12th IFDC activity

Venue: Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Buenos Aires.

Please contact Pauline Allemand ( for further information.

All available places are already taken

Date: Saturday, 14 October 2017

Venue Time: 8am – 17:00pm

Venue: Facultad de Farmacia y Bioquímicaunin, UBA, Junin 954, Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires


Adequate and reliable food composition data are key in almost all areas of nutrition. There are three pillars to assure the correct production, management and use of food composition data:

  1. International standards and guidelines for the generation and compilation of food composition data
  2. National and/or regional food composition programmes exist and food composition tables / databases are updated regularly
  3. Professionals are trained in all aspects related to food composition


  • A better understanding of the generation, management and usage of food composition data, and their quality requirements
  • A better idea on how to introduce the course into the curricula of universities and other higher education institutes

Brief programme

  • Lectures on key issues on food composition including Food description and selection; recipes; INFOODS Component identifiers; Basic principles of compilation; Data quality; (Literature) sources of food comp information
  • Discussion on how to introduce the course into the curricula of universities
  • Presentation of LATINFOODS and discussion of possible involvement





Introduction and objectives


FAO/INFOODS e-Learning Course on Food Composition Data


Foods in food composition tables




Coffee break


INFOODS Components in food composition tables


Basic principles of compilation


Data quality




(Literature) sources of food comp information


How to incorporate the FAO/INFOODS e-Learning Course on Food Composition Data into university curricula


Closing and distribution of certificates


30 USD if only training is taken. It will be free for those who have registered to the 12th International Food Data Conference or to the IUNS congress. No lunch or coffee will be provided.


If there are enough participants registered for each language (English, French, Spanish and Portuguese), these training courses will be held in parallel


Please register to the training through the online system (, entering your personal details and indicating the following (in the according field):

  • Motivation to attend training (50 words max.)
  • Preferred language

There are a limited number of places available. They will be distributed on first come first serve basis.


Pre-workshop tasks

The completion of the ‘FAO/INFOODS e-Learning Course on Food Composition Data’ is highly recommended.


A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to those who completed the entire training event on 14 October 2017.

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those who have completed all lessons of the on-line version of the ‘FAO/INFOODS e-Learning Course on Food Composition Data’ by 1 October 2017, and have attended the entire training workshop on 14 October 2017.

Register here