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RALACA activities shall be solely funded through

1. Resources from member countries
2. Technical cooperation funds from international organizations and non-governmental organizations.
3. Funds from donor organizations which will be formalized by means of agreements.

The decisions will be made by simple majority of the board members, and in case of non-resolved issues the advisory group will have right to one vote totalling 5 votes.

RALACA organization structure is conformed by:

1. The Board
2. The Committes
3. The Advisory group

RALACA is governed by a Board of four (4) members, which are in charge for a period of two years. The overall supervision of RALACA is by the board members affiliated with the FAO or IAEA. The other members will belong to RALACA affiliated laboratories.

 The Board will decide on the number and the areas for Working Committees. The Affiliated laboratories will be able to join existing working committees. Working committees are established by the board based on country needs and trends in the analytical community.

RALACA will have an Advisory group formed by competent and recognised laboratories, chosen by the Board.

RALACA will be composed of analytical laboratories belonging to the Latin America and the Caribbean region with the exception of the laboratories belonging to the Joint FAO/IAEA Division.

Additional members are analytical laboratories from other regions in the world that have demonstrated technical excellence and can contribute with an advisory role. Also other Institutions that do not have a direct analytical work, but are related to the food control system in the member countries can be incorporated as members in RALACA.

The incorporation of the countries into RALACA is voluntary. Agreement to participate in any activity commits the Laboratories and the Institutions to comply with the relevant programme.

The continuance in RALACA will be condition to the active participation in its programs.

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Do you work with data? Here's a chance to harmonize individual quantitative food consumption data and publish it in FAO statistical databases.

FAO and WHO work jointly to improve the availability of Individual Quantitative Food Consumption Data worldwide by collating existing datasets, harmonizing them and sharing through an online platform called the FAO/WHO Global Individual Food consumption data Tool (FAO/WHO GIFT).

This Call for Expression of Interest, issued by FAO, is to identify institutions from Low and Middle-Income Countries, with access to Individual Quantitative Food Consumption Data that could be shared through the FAO/WHO GIFT platform, interested in entering into a contractual agreement with FAO to harmonize these datasets as well as their supporting documentation according to FAO standards. Based on such agreement FAO will cover the costs of the harmonization work.

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