Potential and requirements for a standarized pan-European food consumption survey using the EPIC-Soft software

M.C. Ocke, N. Slimani, H.A.M. Brants, E. Buurma-Rethans, C. Casagrande, G. Nicolas, M. Dofkova, C. le Donne, H. Freisling, A. Geelen, I. Huybrechts, W. de Keyzer, J.D. van der Laan, L. Lafay, I.T.L. Lillegaard, E.M. Niekerk, J.H.M. de Vries, E.C. Wilson-van den Hooven, E.J. de Boer

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Background/Objectives: To describe the strengths, limitations and requirements of using EPIC-Soft software (the software developed to conduct 24-h dietary recalls in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Study) in pan-European food consumption surveys, and to discuss potentials and barriers for a harmonized pan-European food consumption survey. Subjects/Methods: The paper is based on the experiences in the ‘European Food Consumption and Validation’ Project, which included updating six existing and preparing one new country-specific EPIC-Soft version, applying EPIC-Soft in validation and feasibility studies, and estimating the intake of nutrients and flavoring substances. The experiences were discussed in the September 2009 workshop ‘Pan-European Food Consumption Surveys—for Standardized and Comparable Transnational Data Collection’. Results: EPIC-Soft is suitable for detailed and standardized food consumption data collection in pan-European food consumption surveys. A thorough preparation of all aspects of the food consumption survey is important for the quality and efficiency during data collection and processing. The preparation and data-handling phase of working with EPIC-Soft is labor intensive and requires trained, motivated and qualified personnel. Conclusions: Given the suitability of EPIC-Soft as standardized dietary assessment tool in European dietary monitoring, the proposed strategy toward a pan-European food consumption survey is to prepare well, to allow flexibility in national extensions and to start with a limited number of countries that are interested
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S48-S57
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • 24-hour diet recall
  • plasma carotenoids
  • level correlations
  • nutrient intake
  • nutrition
  • cancer
  • recommendations
  • questionnaires
  • calibration
  • validation


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