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WHO Collaborating Centre for Nutrition

In September 2008, Warwick Medical School was designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Nutrition. The Centre has been re-designated for a further 4 years (2018-2022). The terms of reference of the WHO Collaborating Centre are presented as bullet points and briefly describe the scope of the activities that the institution performs as a WHO Collaborating Centre:

Operational support:

  • To compile and keep up-to-date national guidelines on salt reduction at population level in European countries.
  • To extend the search and cataloguing in countries worldwide.
  • To continue systematic reviews to inform policy makers and to monitor international progress.


  • To increase the research output in the following areas that are of interest to the WHO general framework:
    (a) quantitative monitoring of urinary sodium output;
    (b) analysis of trends in urinary output;
    (c) producing evidence of the effectiveness of implementation programmes.
  • To monitor the development of new policies for the reduction of salt intake.
  • To study how the development of new policies is influenced by research findings.
  • To explore issues of distribution and access to food items reduced in salt and socio-economic barriers to their use.
  • The Centre studies the potential impact of social and health inequalities on the implementation of nutritional policies for a reduction in salt intake and nutritional interventions targeted at low socio-economic groups.

Monitoring within the European Network:

  • To act as an integral partner in the development, implementation and monitoring of national programmes aiming at a reduction in salt intake.
  • To support monitoring and surveillance by providing centralized laboratory measurements of urinary sodium, potassium and creatinine obtained from random samples of participating populations.

Education, Training and Capacity Building:

  • To organize workshops and seminars aimed at the dissemination of information regarding methods, nutritional skills, policy issues and implementation tools for European participation.

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Salt Wars: The Battle Over the Biggest Killer in the American Diet

by Michael F. Jacobson

Michael Jacobson explains how the American food industry and a small group of scientists have successfully fought government efforts to reduce dangerous levels of sodium in our food.


Salt: it's more dangerous than you think. We eat far too much of it - and it's taking a toll on our health. Jennie Agg asks the experts how we can cut back The Times (19/05/2020)

The World Health Organization emphasizes its commitment to population salt reduction supporting the scientific statement of the European Salt Action Network (January 2019)

The salt debate: does consuming less really save lives? Read in The Conversation.

Is the sodium debate a legitimate scientific disagreement or a “controversy” manufactured by industry? WATCH THESE VIDEOS

Salt: are you eating too much? Channel 4 Disptaches (2015)

Useful links

WHO Collaborating Centre for Nutrition, RIVM, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
WHO Collaborating Centre for Population Salt Reduction, Sydney, Australia


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