QALIBRA: Quality of life - Integrated Benefit and Risk Analysis
QALIBRA is a software designed for risk assessors, working for regulatory authorities or in the food industry, who need to consider the potential risks and benefits to health when setting food policy, developing a new food product, or advising consumers on dietary choices. The software is web-based and free to users after completing a short online training session.
QALIBRA provides methods that integrate the risks and benefits of dietary change into a single measure of net health impact, and allow quantification of associated uncertainties.
Useful aspects of the QALIBRA approach include:
- A consistent conceptual framework to help think about and organize risk-benefit assessment, and identify the data required
- A step-by-step procedure and guidance for carrying out assessments
- A flexible approach, allowing gradual progression from simple assessments using point estimates to refined assessments using distributions to quantify uncertainty
- Choice of tabular and graphical outputs, and guidance on their interpretation
- Organized storage of input data
- Optional sharing and discussion of assessments and data with other users selected by you
QALIBRA is a Specific Targeted Research Project coordinated by Matis Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D and supported by the European Commission's 6th Framework Programme (contract number FOOD-CT- 2006-022957). The QALIBRA website and software is hosted by the UK Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera). The project began on April 1st 2006 and ended December 31st 2009.