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Paediatricians vote for college to continue accepting funds from infant formula companies

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5827 (Published 28 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5827
  1. Jacqui Thornton
  1. London

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has rejected calls from its membership to stop accepting funding from formula milk companies.

Instead, it will continue to allow funding under clearly pre-specified conditions with a rigorous and robust set of safeguards in place, which it said the majority of its members had supported in a consultation. The council of the college announced the decision along with the results of the consultation, which had a 16% response rate (2522.)

In the consultation 650 paediatricians voted that the RCPCH should not accept any funding from companies that market or manufacture specialist milk formula, but 698 said that it should accept such funding after due diligence. Another 1083 said that it should accept funding with due diligence and further safeguards.

The college said in a statement, “RCPCH consulted its members on its relationships with formula milk companies (FMCs). The majority …

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