Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health AGM, 27th April, Liverpool
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The vote on the following Motion was passed just now. The implications will be considered at the next Council meeting in July.
Congratulations to RCPCH members for taking a principled stand to bring RCPCH policies into line with WHA 49.15 and 58.32.
Motion for debate: “In order for RCPCH as a professional body to avoid institutional conflicts of interest and thus maintain its reputation as an unbiased, independent educator and advocate for child health, the College should decline any commercial transactions or any other kind of funding or support from all companies that market products within the scope of the WHO Code on the marketing of breast milk substitutes
Text on the RCPCH website
RCPCH AGM formula milk motion outcome RCPCH President Professor Neena Modi responds to the motion discussed at the RCPCH Annual General Meeting on infant formula manufacturers.
“At yesterday evening’s Annual General Meeting, RCPCH members debated a motion proposing the RCPCH should “decline any commercial transactions or any other kind of funding or support” from all companies that market breast milk substitutes.
“In total, 66 members voted in favour of the motion and 53 voted against.
“The implications of the vote will be considered at the next Council meeting of the RCPCH in July.
“Breast feeding gives children the best start to life-long health. The RCPCH considers the promotion of formula over breast-feeding in healthy infants to be unacceptable. The RCPCH also recognises the importance of the availability of safe alternatives to breast feeding and specialised products for preterm and sick infants.”