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Surveillance report 2017 – Maternal and child nutrition (2008) NICE guideline PH11 to be updated

In 2014, the previous surveillance decision was that the guideline should be updated but that the update should wait until the following reports had published:

  • Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) working group review of the dietary reference values for vitamin D intake.
  • NICE public health guideline on vitamin D.
  • The Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) report on assessing the health benefits and risks of the introduction of peanut and hen’s egg into the infant diet before six months of age in the UK.
  • SACN sub-group on Maternal and Child Nutrition (SMCN) report on feeding in the first year of life.

The first 3 listed reports have published, and the SACN’s report on feeding in the first year of life is expected to publish in mid-2018. Additionally, several of NICE’s maternity-related guidelines are currently being updated and there are plans to update NICE guidance on weight management before during and after pregnancy.

After considering all the evidence and views of topic experts, it was decided that a full update is necessary for this guideline.

Read the full details on evidence and reasoning behind the proposed update here


Time to abandon the tolerable upper intake level of folate?

Folic acid chart
Image Source: Public Health Reviews

A new study, by Queen Mary University of London and the School of Advanced Study, University London, shows that the maximum suggested intake of folate (1mg/day) is based on ‘flawed’ analysis.  The RCOG responded to this article in terms of its significance in helping to remove barriers to folic acid fortification of foods such as flour.

Public health failure in the prevention of neural tube defects: time to abandon the tolerable upper intake level of folate. Nicholas J. Wald, Joan K. Morris, Colin Blakemore.  Public Health Reviews 201839:2 https://doi.org/10.1186/s40985-018-0079-6

The full text article is available on open access here

Read the RCOG response to the paper here