Call for public comments - Draft WHO evidence-informed guidelines: Vitamin D supplementation in pregnant women and Calcium supplementation in pregnant women
The WHO HQ Evidence and Programme Guidance Unit within the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, in cooperation with internal partners, is in the process of finalizing evidence-informed guidelines on: Vitamin D supplementation in pregnant women and Vitamin D supplementation in pregnant women, following the procedures established in the WHO handbook for guideline development. The process is being led by the WHO Nutrition Guidance Steering Committee and includes representatives of all relevant departments, including the Department of Reproductive Health and Research and the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health.
WHO guidelines undergo peer review during development and before the draft is finalized for publication. There are several stages at which peer review and external comments are sought:
- Drafts of the questions formulated for the guideline are circulated for comments to experts and end-users at WHO headquarters, regional offices and externally.
- If systematic reviews are undertaken or commissioned, the systematic review protocol (outlining search strategy and eligibility criteria) and included studies may be circulated to experts for comments on the methods and evidence identified.
- Drafts of evidence profiles and tables are circulated to experts for identification of any missing evidence.
- A draft of the guideline document is circulated widely for comment by experts and representatives of organizations with an interest in the topic.
We would like to invite you to actively participate in this process as part of the WHO External Expert and Stakeholder Panel. Comments from stakeholders were previously received on the scoping questions and tables for review. At this stage we would be particularly interested in receiving comments on the following draft guidelines:
- Vitamin D supplementation in pregnant women
- Calcium supplementation in pregnant women
To participate in this process, you must complete the registration process following the links below no later than 4th of May, 2012. During the registration process, you will also be asked to complete and sign a Declaration of Interests form. After registering, and following receipt of your signed Declaration of Interests form and a recent curriculum vitae (resume), you will receive access to the draft guidelines and additional documentation.
All comments on these draft guidelines will be considered by WHO and the guideline development group.
The registration form for these guidelines on calcium and vitamin D supplementation in pregnant women can be accessed in the following link:
The username and password for the form are as follows:
Please submit your forms no later than 4th of May 2012.