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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Study: Process to Update the Dietary Guidelines

In 2016, the United States Department of Agriculture was mandated by Congress to commission the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), Health and Medicine Division to conduct an 18-month independent study on the process to update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

As USDA began the process of engaging NASEM, listening sessions were held with a range of stakeholders, representing health professional and public health organizations, academia, industries, and others. All oral remarks were recorded and the transcript was shared with NASEM prior to its initiation of the study.

The NASEM study culminated in two reports available on its website, one on the process for selecting the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and another on the remaining aspects of the Dietary Guidelines development process. You can also see how the Departments responded to the two NASEM reports below.

As USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services began planning for the development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans2020-2025, a second set of listening sessions was held with stakeholders. These listening sessions provided the Departments with feedback on the two NASEM reports and allowed for other input on the Dietary Guidelines development process. View the transcript from this event.

USDA and HHS have refined and will continue to refine the process to develop the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in response to the NASEM recommendations, stakeholder feedback, best practices in reviewing nutrition science and developing guidance, and the Departments’ desire to have a transparent, inclusive, and science-driven process.