Iodine Status in the UK - the Way Forward

A special meeting to discuss the problem of iodine deficiency in the UK and to make recommendations for future action was held at the Royal College of Pathologists, London on 29 June 2012.

The meeting was organised by the International Council for The Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD), The British Thyroid Association and The British Thyroid Foundation.

Participants included representatives from ICCIDD, the salt industry, the baking industry and public health experts in addition to doctors working in thyroid research.

Professor John Lazarus, the ICCIDD representative in the UK and Emeritus Professor of Clinical Endocrinology, Cardiff University School of Medicine, says: ‘Recent surveys in the UK have shown that the country is iodine deficient; in some regions this is severe. This can lead to the development of thyroid disease in the long term. Much more importantly it affects the developing brain and is of immediate concern to pregnant women. In fact the UK is in the top ten countries world-wide where children are at risk of mental impairment due to iodine deficiency.’