COMPARE Timeline

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HESI is pleased to make available the third iteration of the COMPARE database, “COMPARE 2019”, as of 18 January 2019.

Each year, the COMPARE process starts with an evaluation of the learnings from the previous year’s exercise. Considerations for process refinements and improvements are discussed in a face to face meeting with the steering team and peer-review panel. The bioinformatics screening for identification of “candidate allergens” and supporting literature then takes place during Q1-Q2. The process of independent peer review, by a panel of allergy experts exclusively from the public sector, is conducted in the Fall to decide on the list of “approved allergens”, based on the evaluation of the literature associated with candidate allergens. The allergens approved by the expert panel are added to the previous version of the database, and the new list is released as the COMPARE update, labeled by the year of release.

HESI and the COMPARE steering team are committed to COMPARE being a comprehensive database of known protein allergens. It is critical to have a parallel commitment to continuously review and improve in a transparent manner the functionality and completeness of the database throughout the year. Comments and suggestions can be communicated via the “Contact us” page. We appreciate your feedback!