The Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI) will host its 1st GHI World Congress on Food Safety and Security in Leiden, The Netherlands on 24 - 28 March 2019.
GHI aims to bring together leading scientists, researchers and research scholars from academia and industry, decision makers from international organisations, and the public from across the globe to advance the conversation about the vital role of modern science in food legislation and regulation.
One of the major problems in food safety and security regulation is that many existing laws, rules and guidelines are originated from decades-old data and methods, several of which are not even relevant to human exposure. More than five decades of research has shown convincingly that food safety and security regulations should be changed and revised on the basis of updated and validated assays. Our rationale for organising the 1st GHI World Congress is to generate a platform to present and implement the most suitable assays for food safety and security assessment within different fields — from chemistry and microbiology, to genetic toxicology and genomics — throughout entire processes, from farm to fork.
The outcomes of the Congress can pave the way toward more accurate detection of human risk to dietary components and thus, improve human health status. GHI intends to produce a declaration that is agreed by all participants which calls for and establishes a target to change regulations within a specified time based on available.