EuroFIR AISBL, an international, member-based, non-profit Association under Belgian law (www.eurofir.org), was set up in 2009 to ensure sustained advocacy for food information in Europe. Its purpose is to develop, publish and exploit food composition information, and promote international cooperation and harmonisation of standards to improve data quality, storage and access. EuroFIR AISBL draws together the best available food information globally from 26 compiler organisations in Europe, USA and Canada (FoodEXplorer) as well as validated information about bioactive compounds (eBASIS).
The European Food Information Resource Network project (2005-10; EuroFIR) was a Network of Excellence (NoE) comprising of 48 partners from academia, research organisations and small-and-medium size enterprises (SMEs) in 27 countries. The project was funded by the European Community’s Sixth Framework Programme (Priority 5: Food Quality and Safety; Contract no FP6-513944).
One of its main objectives was to develop, for the first time in Europe, a single online platform with up-to-date food composition data across Europe. Another important outcome of EuroFIR NoE was the establishment of a longer-term sustainable platform to continue some of the activities set up during the project and this was achieved by the creation of a non-profit international association, EuroFIR AISBL.
In 2010, a new 2-year project was started, EuroFIR Nexus, and funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (Theme FP7-KBBE-2010-4; grant agreement No 265967). Its objective was to further integrate/refine the EuroFIR Food Platform, to improve/support the ways research is undertaken into relationships between food, diets and health in Europe. The focus was to improve the application of validated food data and tools for pan-European nutrition studies and networked usage, implementation of standards and implementation and promoting the use of standards and best practice. The revised consortium consisted of 19 beneficiaries including EuroFIR AISBL and 23 Third Parties linked through the association.
Following EuroFIR NEXUS, EuroFIR has evolved into a financially independent Association, based in Brussels (BE). Many of the original 47 EuroFIR partners are members of the EuroFIR AISBL, but we have also broadened our membership to include Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and other academic and research organisations as well as individuals including students from the food and health sector.
Our mission is to be the best and only independent broker of validated food composition data and supporting information in Europe and beyond, facilitate improved data quality, storage and access, and encourage wider applications and exploitation of food composition data for both research and commercial purposes.
The vision of EuroFIR AISBL is delivery of high quality, validated national food composition data and supporting information in a number of different formats, which are essential for research and policy in the areas of food quality, nutrition and public health challenges in Europe. We aim to enhance the awareness and understanding of the value of food composition data, and its importance for consumers in making healthier dietary choices.