Learn about the changes to Level 6 in the IDDSI Framework.
October 2016
Changes to Level 6 of the IDDSI Framework
IDDSI has heard from a number of people with questions about particle size for the Level 6 Soft designation in the IDDSI framework.  The committee reviewed and discussed the questions and comments and decided that in order to improve clarity, that particle size should be specified in the definition and description of Level 6.

The new Level 6 descriptor is:
 “Soft and bite sized” – with pieces no larger than 1.5 cm for adults and 8 mm for pediatrics.

The IDDSI Board thanks those who brought this to our attention and continues to welcome questions and feedback on the framework as you begin to use it.  Our premise has always been that the framework is a “living document” and will evolve over time as new information and evidence becomes available.


-Changes to Level 6 of the IDDSI Framework

-Updated IDDSI Framework Documents

- IDDSI on the Move

Updated IDDSI Framework documents:

The framework documents have recently been re-organised and updated.  In addition to adding new information, the re-organisation makes it easier to find framework information to use and share, as the documents are shorter and divided into 4 specific topic areas.  Check out the new IDDSI documents at our website. 
  • The Complete IDDSI Framework – the framework including both drinks and food is presented in a single document. The new document includes the update to Level 6 Soft & Bite sized

  • IDDSI Testing Methods – All of the IDDSI testing methods and their supporting literature are included in a single document with updated references

  • IDDSI Evidence – The summary findings of the published systematic review and recent references have been consolidated into a single document.  The levels of evidence have been reviewed and updated for accuracy.

  • IDDSI FAQs – The IDDSI Frequently Asked Questions have been consolidated and are categorized. Each FAQ is on a single page with supporting references relating to the FAQ on the same page.  The FAQs can be downloaded as single pages or as a consolidated document. Some new FAQs have been added since the original publication of the Framework documents in November 2015.
IDDSI on the move
      Current and upcoming IDDSI related presentations:
      • October 2016 - XXIV Pacific Voice Conference EU - Warsaw, Poland
      • October 2016 - FNCE 2016 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo - Boston, MA, USA 
      • October 2016 – European Society of Swallowing Disorders, Milan, Italy.
      • October 2016 – University of Grenoble, Grenoble, France. 
      • October 2016 – Dietitians of Canada – Gerontology Network Workshop, London, ON, Canada
      • October 18, 2016 - Sysco Regional Healthcare Conference, Halifax, NS, Canada
      • November 2, 2016 - Sysco Regional Healthcare Conference, Surrey, BC, Canada
      • November 9, 2016 - Canadian Society of Nutrition Management Webinar 
      • November 11, 2016 - Food Service Special Interest Group, Melbourne, Australia
      • November 15, 2016 - American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Webinar 
      • November 2016 - Annual Conference of Chinese Society of Food Science and Technology, Beijing, China

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