The Federal Commission for Nutrition (FCN) prepares expert reports and position papers for the Federal Council and for the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO).
The expert reports either take the form of a scientific risk assessment or that of a literature review. The expert reports are prepared by the members of the FCN or by appointed external experts under the supervision of the FCN.
The reports produced by the FCN may also contain recommendations for action for the general public in good health or to certain groups of the population. The FSVO then decides whether these proposed measures need to be followed.
The FCN also contributes to opinions in regard to various consultations, such as that of the national strategy for non-communicable diseases (NCD) or nutritional strategy.
The FCN establishes its scientific expertise in the fields of nutrition and the impact of food on health. More specifically, the FCN is involved in the following fields of study:
- macronutrients, such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, but also certain kinds of vitamins (e.g. vitamin D, folic acid) and minerals.
- the consumption of certain foodstuffs and its influence on risk factors for non-communicable diseases.
- dietary recommendations for the public or for certain vulnerable groups of the population (for example infants and young children, pregnant women and elderly people).
The FCN is supported in its work by the scientific secretariat attached to the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO).