The overall objectives of QALIBRA are to develop a suite of quantitative methods for assessing and integrating beneficial and adverse effects of foods, and make them available to all stakeholders as web-based software for assessing and communicating net health impacts. These objectives directly address the Commission's requirements for work programme topic T.220.127.116.11 - Assessing health benefits against potential effects of environmental contaminants in selected food groups.
To achieve these objectives QALIBRA will:
<OL> <LI> Develop a generalised modular approach to risk-benefit analysis using menus of dose-response and valuation functions.
<LI> Implement the risk-benefit analysis methods developed in QALIBRA in web-enabled software that is available for use by all stakeholders via an integrated website, with different components adapted to different user groups.
<LI> Develop targeted risk communication strategies for integrated risk-benefit analysis, adapted to the needs of different stakeholders, and develop and test programs and materials for dissemination.
<LI> Use the methods and software developed by QALIBRA to carry out comprehensive risk-benefit analyses for selected food groups including one type of fish (cod) and functional foods, for selected EU populations, and use the results to evaluate and improve the QALIBRA approaches.
<LI> Establish a platform for cluster activities between QALIBRA and BENERIS projects and report about them to the Commission.
<LI> Manage and coordinate the QALIBRA project to ensure the activities are properly focussed on the Commission's objectives and achieve high standards of scientific and technological excellence, ensure the quality of the consortium personnel and the mobilisation of resources, to monitor and evaluate progress against the project milestones and to make timely and appropriate adjustments when necessary.
<P>For more information about this project, please visit the <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/research/biosociety/food_quality/projects/129_en.ht…; target="_blank">European Commission Food Quality and Safety in Europe</a> or the <a href="http://www.qalibra.eu/" target="_blank">QALIBRA </a> Web sites.