SIFO'S bjectives and activities

SIFO’s main task is to develop new knowledge on consumption, consumer policy and the consumers’ position and role in the society.

SIFO has a special responsibility for the knowledge foundament for Norwegian consumer policy.

The institute shall cooperate with relevant user environments in order to make sure the results from the operations will be actually used.

Cooperation with different proffesional environments is importan, both in Norway and abroad in order to ensure a high academic level and an interdisciplinary perspective on institute’s work.

The institute shall provide income from projects by taking the initative for research and do research for organisations, public authorites and international enterprises.

The insitute also has a responsibility to develop the consumption research at the other institions at Oslo and Akershus University College for Applied Sciences (HiOA). SIFO shall play an active role in making the results from the research public, through publications, lecturing and media. SIFO also has a responsibilty for bringing the consumer perspective into education and development of the applied education programs at HiOA.


Consumption Research Norway – SIFO is part of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA)

On January 1st 2016, National Institute for Consumer Research (SIFO) merged with Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA), and changed the institute's name to Consumption Research Norway - SIFO.



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Organic food and malformations in the urinary tract (hypospadias) in newborn boys

- new article

Women who ate organically produced food during pregnancy had halved likelihood of giving birth to a boy with hypospadias compared to women who never or seldom did so.
These are findings from a new study from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, newly published by Environmental Health Perspectives (

The study is financed by the Norwegian Research Council and part of a doctoral Project by SIFO-researcher Hanne Torjusen investigating whether consumption of organic food during pregnancy is associated with health of mother and/or child.


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Organic vegetables may reduce risk of pre-eclampsia cases

New article

Pregnant women who often eat organic vegetables have a lower risk of pre-eclampsia than women who rarely or never do. This is shown in an article using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) published in the British Medical Journal Open.

The study included 28,192 women who participated in MoBa from 2002 to 2008. All were pregnant with their first child. 5.3 per cent of the participants developed pre-eclampsia.
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Call for papers:

International Symposium "Current Trends in Food-Related Practice in the Family?" held in Strasbourg, January 2015.
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The role of standardization in the shaping of a vision for nanotechnology

Harald Throne-Holst at SIFO has written an article together with Aurelie Delemarle (from Université Paris Est) that is now published in the International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management.

Nanotechnologies are considered as emerging technologies. However, there are already products in the market that claim to incorporate them. This has contributed to the growing interest in the regulation of this field. In this paper, we first introduce the question of regulation in nanotechnologies, and then describe the standardization process and ISO more specifically. This introduction is followed by the main point of the paper: We show, the specific role that the ISO TC 229 plays in the beginning of the shaping of a collective vision for nanotechnologies.

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