The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture announce the first meeting of the newly appointed 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee). This meeting will be open to the public virtually. Additionally, this notice opens a public comment period that will remain open until late 2024, throughout the Committee's deliberations.
The first meeting will be held Feb. 9-10, 2023. The public comment period opens with the publication of this notice.
- The meeting will be accessible online via livestream and recorded for later viewing. Registrants will receive the livestream information prior to the meeting.
- You may send comments, identified by Docket OASH-2022-0021, by either of the following methods:
- Online (preferred method): Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
- Mail: Janet M. de Jesus, MS, RD, HHS/OASH Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20852.
Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket OASH-2022-0021. For detailed instructions on sending comments, see the Supplementary Information section.
Designated Federal Officer, 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, Janet M. de Jesus, MS, RD; HHS/OASH/ODPHP, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20852; Phone: 240-453-8266; Email DietaryGuidelines@hhs.gov. Additional information is available on the internet at www.DietaryGuidelines.gov.
Authority and Purpose
Under section 301 of Public Law 101-445 (7 USC 5341, the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act of 1990, title III), the Secretaries of HHS and USDA are directed to publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Dietary Guidelines) jointly at least every five years. The law instructs that this publication shall contain nutritional and dietary information and guidelines for the general public; shall be based on the preponderance of scientific and medical knowledge current at the time of publication; and shall be promoted by each Federal agency in carrying out any Federal food, nutrition, or health program. The current edition of the Dietary Guidelines (2020-2025) provides guidance on the entire lifespan, from birth to older adulthood, including pregnancy and lactation. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2025-2030 will continue to provide food-based dietary guidance across the entire lifespan to help meet nutrient needs, promote health, and reduce the risk of chronic disease. HHS and USDA appointed the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) to conduct an independent scientific review that will help inform the Departments' development of the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines. The Committee's review and advice will focus on the scientific questions prioritized by HHS and USDA, with the potential to inform nutrition guidance for Americans across the lifespan. Information on the 2025 Committee membership and the scientific questions will be available at www.DietaryGuidelines.gov.
The 2025 Committee's formation is governed under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 USC app), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees.
The work of the Committee will be solely advisory in nature and time limited. The Committee will examine evidence on the scientific questions, using approaches including systematic reviews, food pattern modeling, and data analysis. The Committee will then develop a scientific report to be submitted to the HHS and USDA Secretaries. The scientific report should describe the Committee's review and conclusions and provide science-based advice and rationale to the Departments based on the preponderance of evidence reviewed. HHS and USDA will consider the Committee's scientific report as they develop the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2025-2030.The Committee will hold approximately six meetings, open to the public virtually, to review the evidence and discuss recommendations. Future meeting dates, times, and other relevant information will be announced via Federal Register notice and at www.DietaryGuidelines.gov.As stipulated in the charter, the Committee will disband after delivery of its final report to the Secretaries of HHS and USDA, or two years from the date the charter was filed, whichever comes first.
Purpose of the Meeting
In accordance with FACA, and to promote transparency of the process, deliberations of the Committee will occur in a public forum. The purpose of this first meeting is to orient the Committee to the Dietary Guidelines process and mark the beginning of its work.
The first meeting agenda will include (a) review of operations for the Committee members, (b) overview of the proposed scientific questions identified by the Departments to be examined by the Committee, (c) presentations on the evidence-based approaches for reviewing the scientific evidence, and (d) plans for future Committee work.
The meeting is open to the public. The meeting will be accessible online via livestream and recorded for later viewing. Registration is required for the livestream. To register, go to www.DietaryGuidelines.gov and click on the link for “Meeting Registration.” Online registration begins on Jan. 18, 2023 and ends on Feb. 10, 2023. To request a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 5, 2023. All registrants will be asked to provide their name, affiliation, email address, and days attending. After registration, individuals will receive livestream access information via email.
Public Comments and Meeting Documents
Written comments from the public will be accepted throughout the Committee's deliberative process for the next approximately two years. Opportunities to present oral comments to the Committee will be provided at a future meeting.
- Online (preferred method): Follow the instructions for submitting comments at http://www.regulations.gov. Comments submitted electronically, including attachments, will be posted to Docket OASH-2022-0021.
- Mail: Mail/courrier to Janet M. de Jesus, MS, RD, HHS/OASH Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20852. For written/paper submissions, ODPHP will post your comment, as well as any attachments, to www.regulations.gov.
Meeting materials for each meeting will be accessible at www.DietaryGuidelines.gov. Materials may be requested by email at email@example.com.