The Food Allergy Specialist Group (FASG) of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) was formed in 2002. The FASG representative is a co-opted member of BSACI council their role is to provide dietetic input and representation into the society and act as a voice of professional expertise for and on behalf of dietitians working in food allergy and intolerance.
FASG has experienced and dedicated dietitians on the committee and over the years the group have made significant progress with regards to sharing resources with other health care professionals and putting together position statements. Members debate issues and share allergy news, research, and educational events as well as allergy product information and queries about complex cases using an email network and through their meetings.
The group established a food allergy module as part of the MSc in Allergy at Southampton University, which ran for the first time in April 2004 and is currently being led by Prof Syed Arshad and Dr. Kate Grimshaw. Since 2009, Imperial College also offers an MSc in Allergy, which is led by Dr. Isabel Skypala and Dr. Rosan Meyer and similar to the Southampton course, is open to dietitians as an ongoing stand-alone module.
Overall the aim of the FASG is to maximize multi-disciplinary training opportunities, so all can share and learn from best allergy practice. The group is committed to promoting communication with others in order to strengthen links and further their understanding of food hypersensitivity. A more recent development instigated by members of FASG is the International Network for Diet And Nutrition in Allergy (more information can be found on www.indana-allergynetwork.org
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