Information Standard

The BDA is a certified member of the Information Standard. informationstandard_logo

The Information Standard is an independent certification programme for health and social care information that is commissioned by NHS England and run by Capita on their behalf. Successful organisations can use the quality mark on materials to confirm that the information is from a reliable source. 

About 50,000 organisations produce health and/or social care information for the public in England and this varies greatly in terms of quality and as a result people can feel overwhelmed by volume of information and unsure what to trust. The Information Standard has been introduced to fulfil this need for a quality 'filter.' It offers a recognisable symbol of quality and reassurance.

The BDA produce a wide range of information to inform the public about nutritional issues.  These include Group and Branch documents, food fact sheets, and other BDA produced leaflets and documents.

The BDA has become a founder member and now a certified holder of the Information Standard.  We realise the importance of evidence-based information and the Information Standard is an ideal kite mark for us to demonstrate the high and accurate standards by which BDA public information is produced.


January 2013: Re-certification granted

Across England, thousands of organisations produce health and social care information for the public which varies greatly in terms of quality and reliability. So how can the public tell whether information is truth or myth?

The Information Standard is a certification scheme for all organisations producing evidence-based health and social care information for the public. It helps the public and patients quickly identify reliable sources of quality, evidence-based information through the use of an easily recognised quality mark.

The BDA was granted initial certification in 2009 and became one of a small number of Founder Members of the standard. We have continued to demonstrate that are our information processes and the information we produce is fit for purpose. It is therefore with great pride we can announce that re-certification has been granted for a further three years.

One of the accreditation requirements is that we are required to source evidence that reflects the most up-to-date clinical evidence, medical research or social research for our information products. The assessors (G4S) noted that: “BDA is a contributor to the Global Resource for Nutrition Practice (PEN). The quality of this approach is considered to demonstrate Best Practice in ensuring that information produced by BDA is accurate and impartial.”


The BDA shall hold responsibility for the accuracy of the information they publish and neither the scheme operator nor the scheme owner shall have any responsibility whatsoever for costs losses or direct or indirect damages or costs arising from inaccuracy of information or omissions in information published on the website on behalf of the BDA.