What is the Scientific Advisory Group?

NCA’s Scientific Advisory Group is one of just a few, highly respected organizations devoted to the study of coffee science around the world. Structurally, it is a standing NCA committee comprised of leading industry scientists who regularly monitor research on coffee and caffeine worldwide. SAG members individually and collectively review all scientific literature on a daily basis and confer frequently by teleconference and three times a year in person.

As an active participant among a select network of international scientific organizations, SAG interfaces regularly with ISIC, as well as the International Food Information Council (IFIC), the International Life Science Institute (ILSI), and the Joint Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). SAG members also participate widely in international scientific meetings and symposia held by these and other organizations.

As an important corollary to its scientific work, SAG also surveys and analyzes regulatory constructs built around food safety, environmental exposures, and ingredient and nutritional information. As such, SAG members engage and apply their scientific expertise to understanding the parameters and applications of regulations from governments and organizations around the world, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and the United Nations’ and World Health Organization’s food safety organization, Codex Alimentarius (CODEX).

Beyond monitoring and analysis, SAG also invites and assesses proposals and funds worthy original research. Generally, accepted studies address important avenues of research into the health effects of coffee and caffeine and are later published in prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journals. Monies to underwrite new studies come from NCA’s dedicated scientific fund. Contributions to the fund come from a broad array of NCA members who express interest in supporting the scientific program.

Through SAG, NCA has invested over $6 million in support of nearly 80 original investigations or scientific reviews on coffee and health issues. Over 70 of these studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals or presented at scientific meetings. In recent years, an additional $1.5 million has been spent on health issues management to help ensure that a balanced message is presented by the media.