Mission and Strategy

Mission statement

1. To help ensure that those suffering from malnutrition or other nutritional problems are appropriately recognised and managed (adopted from BAPEN, online UK)

2. To help ensure that proper nutrition is supplied to children in orphanages, diagnosis   anganwadis and schools, order students in hostels and pg accommodations, patients in hospitals, senior citizens in old age homes and customers in restaurants.


1. To improve the nutritional care of people at risk of malnutrition and food adulteration whether in hospitals or in the community.

2. To improve the basic and advanced clinical research and to organize the consensus statements about clinical care and care quality control.


  1. To support individual patients and groups needing nutritional intervention
    1. IAPEN will listen to patients’/carers’ nutritional concerns and will act appropriately.
    2. IAPEN will lobby for patient centred policies relating to nutritional care.
    3. IAPEN will promote equity of access to nutritional care for all patients.
  2. To establish a sound basis to enable realisation of the above objectives.
    1. IAPEN will initiate and maintain regular meetings with the relevant government departments, specialist societies and other key stakeholders at national level.
    2. IAPEN will develop a robust financial structure.
    3. IAPEN will describe and implement a formal mechanism for raising funds for specific nutritional initiatives.
    4. IAPEN will identify a formal administrative infrastructure.
  3. To raise awareness about IAPEN and its role in the healthcare agenda
    1. IAPEN will actively seek to increase its membership by recruiting new Individual Affiliates and new Associate Clinical Interest Groups.
    2. IAPEN will develop a commercially viable regular publication to share and disseminate good practice.
    3. IAPEN will develop effective links with other similar organisations while maintaining its singular position of expertise.
    4. IAPEN will establish regular meetings at regional level to encourage networking/information sharing.
  4. To develop a robust and cohesive approach to information gathering about nutrition provision at national level and to identify/redress any gaps.
    1. IAPEN will support FOCUS initiatives targeted at identified areas of practice so that information can be collected and disseminated.
    2. IAPEN will produce regular reports and promote national standards of practice.
  5. To identify which people are at risk of malnutrition
    1. IAPEN activities, related to under-nutrition, will be fully integrated in both hospital and community settings.
    2. IAPEN will try developing a systamatic protocol to fight malnutrition.
    3. IAPEN will ensure that its expertise and experience in the metabolic and practical management of patients with disease-related malnutrition is recognised and disseminated
    4. IAPEN will identify and disseminate best practice in the nutritional repletion of malnourished patients of all ages
  6. To provide support for multi-professional / disciplinary groups wishing to develop a clinical Nutrition Support Team
    1. IAPEN will promote the Education and Training Committee course and other such initiatives
    2. IAPEN will develop standards through which the support team can identify good practice and benchmark their own activity.
    3. IAPEN will lead other clinical governance initiatives related to nutritional intervention.
  7. To contribute to enhanced multi-professional education and research in clinical nutrition
    1. IAPEN will have clearly described and appropriately funded programmes for scientific research/development
    2. IAPEN will have an explicit development programme to enhance education and clinical practice
    3. IAPEN will host an Annual Conference reflecting current trends in research and clinical practice

IAPEN sponsors a journal (Journal of Nutrition Research) and for which it assumes editorial, as distinct from publishing, responsibility.

IAPEN promotes experimental and clinical research, fosters high ethical standards of practice and investigation and promotes contact between investigators and clinicians in related fields.

IAPEN also supplies guidelines for nutritional management to hospitals, educational institutes, old age homes, anganwadis and restaurants.  


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