Before HHS and USDA release each new edition of the Dietary Guidelines, the departments convene a Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee) to review the body of nutrition science. The Advisory Committee is comprised of nationally recognized nutrition and medical researchers, academics, and practitioners.

The Advisory committee convenes a series of public meetings, one of which is designated for hearing oral comments from the public. Members of the public also have an opportunity to provide written comments to the Advisory Committee throughout the course of its work.

The Advisory Committee develops an Advisory Report that synthesizes current scientific and medical evidence in nutrition. In the Advisory Report, the Committee also outlines its science-based recommendations to the federal government for development of the new edition of the Dietary Guidelines. The Advisory Report is not the Dietary Guidelines policy nor is it a draft of the policy.

After the Advisory Committee completes its Advisory Report, the public has opportunities to respond with written comments on and oral testimony at a public meeting.

HHS and USDA use information in the Advisory Report, along with comments from the public and federal agencies, to inform the new edition of the Dietary Guidelines.

For information about the independent study on the process to update the Dietary Guidelines conducted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Health and Medicine Division, please visit USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion’s website.