IBFAN's eight Regional Offices are: Africa, Afrique, Arab World, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and Oceania. IBFAN has four Global Programme Offices: the Global Liaison Office hosted by Geneva Infant Feeding Association (GIFA), the International Code Documentation Centre (ICDC) hosted by IBFAN Penang; the Global Codex Alimentarius Programme hosted by Infact Canada and the International Campaigns Office hosted by Baby Milk Action (UK).
IBFAN's Coordinating Council (IBCoCo) is IBFAN's highest Governing Body. IBCoCo is composed of the eight regional coordinators, of members of their regional Boards elected by regional assemblies, and of representatives of IBFAN's four Global Programmes. IBCoCo meets every two years to set policy and strategic priorities, plan coordinated action, and discuss administrative and financial matters. In the interim between the IBCoCo meetings, the IBFAN Global Council (G5) of elected representatives follows up on the IBCoCo decisions. G5 meets regularly every week by skype and forwards minutes of meeting to IBCoCo.
IBCoCo met in Delhi, India, in December 2012 and elected a new G5 comprising five representatives from Costa Rica, Burkina Faso, Egypt, United Kingdom and India (they elected 2 co-chairs).
The participating public interest NGOs bring particular value-added to the gBICS through their firm stand on the need to avoid or adequately manage conflicts of interests. The influence of the baby food industry in research, the medical profession and in policy-setting is pervasive, both through direct sponsorship and the through Public-Private for profit Partnerships (PPfpPs).
One of the key principles of the is the need to protect the public interest:
In line with its 7 Principles, IBFAN does not seek or accept funds, donations, gifts or sponsorship from manufacturers or distributors (or their trusts or foundations) of infant and young child feeding and related products. more