HESI is pleased to make available the second iteration of the COMPARE database, “COMPARE 2018”, as of 16 February 2018. The initial “rule-based” sorting algorithm has been improved to maximize accuracy and efficiency. 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.
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.