The EuroFIR eBASIS (Bioactive Substances in Food Information Systems) is a unique Internet deployed food composition and biological effects database for plant-based bioactive compounds with putative health benefits. Over 300 major European plant foods are listed and information on 17 compound classes (e.g. phytosterols, polyphenols, glucosinolates and lignans) is provided covering multiple bioactive compound classes and plant foods, with data sourced from peer-reviewed literature.
A standardised approach to quality assurance of literature searching, data evaluation and reporting has been incorporated throughout the design, construction and delivery of the database. The quality assurance systems in EuroFIR eBASIS are supported by standard operating procedures (SOPs) and full documentation of decisions and procedures. The implementation of SOPs ensures the quality of each step of the compilation process from reference collection to final data point.
Data reporting from EuroFIR eBASIS uses a sophisticated data retrieval software system, searchable by compound, food or biological effect, allowing users full control over the data selected for output. Outputs can be downloaded as spreadsheets, allowing the user to perform calculations, create graphs and manage the data as required. The database represents a unique comprehensive resource on bioactive compounds for researchers, health professionals, health educators, the food industry and policy makers.