Supplies and Logistics

RUTF pre-bid conferences

Pre-tender Consultation with RUTF Manufacturers in Copenhagen on Wednesday 1 July and Thursday 2 July 2015

UNICEF Supply Division hosted a LNS Industry Consultation and Pre-bid Conference with RUTF Manufacturers in Copenhagen on 1 and 2 July 2015.

This was a consultative meeting with manufacturers of Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), as well as other partners involved in RUTF purchases. The meeting included presentations on UNICEF Strategy for expansion of Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), Evaluation of 2013 tender objectives, Outline of upcoming bidding exercise, Common RUTF specifications and labeling requirements as well as issues related to Quality Assurance of RUTF manufacturing process.

UNICEF highlighted its strategic objective to source 50% of RUTF needs from manufacturers locate in programmatic countries by 2017.

Upcoming bidding exercise's will cover one year supply period (year 2015) with forecasted 35,000 MT of RUTF.

The Consultation was attended by representatives of 25 manufacturers. Beside RUTF manufacturers invited partners included staff from the World Food Program (WFP), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and USAID. 

View the agenda here.


Day 1:

Sarah Cahill - Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on the Microbial Safety of Lipid-based Ready-To-Use Foods for MAM and SAM

Odile Caron - Environmental Monitoring Programmes

Saskia de Pee - Product Specifications - Harmonisation of LNS-MQ and RUSF and Implications for RUTF

Rufino Perez - Product Specifications - Simplifications of Specifications - USAID Approach

Alison Fleet - Codex Strategy and Way Forward

Peter Svarrer Jakobsen - Issues related to Aflatoxin and Handling of Peanuts

Rufino Perez - Integrated Aflatoxin Management System 

Peter Svarrer Jakobsen - Quality Issues and Challenges (for RUTF) found during inspections

Alison Fleet - UNICEF's Needs Assessment Survey on Alternative RUTF Recipes

Mark Manary - Alternative Recipe Formulation for Ready to Use Foods

Andrew Chinguwo - Product Development Process

Day 2:

Jan Komrska - RUTF Procurement Objectives: Progress Review

Francisco Blanco - RUTF Procurement Strategy for 2016

Emily Keane - RUTF Market Assessment in Nigeria

Jonathan Weiss - Funding Mechanisms and Opportunities

Nikita Chandaria - A Case Study in Crisis Management

For further information please contact Charlotte Thaarup (

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