ATNF intends to publish an India Spotlight Index every two years. The next Index, due at the end of 2018, will include a follow-up BMS marketing study. The geographic scope of that study will be determined by available resources: a complete picture could be painted were the study to be conducted in multiple states or cities, and/or extended to rural areas. It is hoped that no incidences of non-compliance will be found at that time and that the emerging areas of concern highlighted here will have been addressed by the eight companies studied and others, and by the Government and other stakeholders, as appropriate.
The methodology and approach used in the next BMS assessment will reflect feedback provided by stakeholders and any developments related to the IGBM Protocol or other tools to monitor BMS companies’ marketing. The next BMS assessment could also include an evaluation of BMS companies’ policies, management systems and disclosure, to more closely mirror the approach taken for the ATNI Global Indexes, were stakeholders to indicate that they would find such additional analysis valuable.
The Access to Nutrition Index rates food and beverage manufacturers´ nutrition-related policies, practices and disclosures worldwide on a recurring basis.
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