Probiotics is a relatively new and exciting area of science being studied around the world! Below are some resources dedicated to expanding the knowledge-base and applications for probiotics.

Probiotic Association of India

Probiotic Association of India (PAi) is created to brief the viewers / readers with the recent updates and new breakthroughs on probiotic research, product development, health claims associated with probiotic foods along with the forthcoming scientific activities and events related to the subject happening across the world including India.

International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP)

ISAPP is an association of academic and industrial scientists involved in research on fundamental and applied aspects of probiotics and prebiotics.

International Probiotics Association

The International Probiotics Association (IPA), an international organization for industry and academia, aims to provide a unique forum for the exchange of research and latest breakthroughs in probiotic technology and new product development.

Yakult Central Institute

Yakult research institute approaches research and development on the basis of these concepts. Our institute pursues Yakult's life science, which is the search for new possibilities for lactic acid bacteria to play a role in our health in the future.

Danone Research Centre

To best meet the specificities of the various regions in which Danone operates, Danone Nutricia Research’s scientific teams are presents in 55 countries to promote proximity with consumers and their markets and develop products close to local needs and tastes.

Asian Federation of Societies For Lactic Acid Bacteria

The AFSLAB bring together constituted scientific societies and study groups in Asia, that deal with lactic acid bacteria-related fields.  Its constituent societies are therefore national or regional society members representing scientists who are interested in the working in the field of LAB.  AFSLAB is an international, non-profit, non-government, professional organization open to all societies and study groups interested in LAB and related sciences.

National Dairy Council

The National Dairy Council (NDC), the nutrition marketing arm of Dairy Management Inc., aims to provide scientifically sound nutrition information to the media, physicians, dietitians, nurses, educators, consumers and others concerned about fostering a healthier society.

Us National Institutes of Health National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), as part of the National Institutes of Health, is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

US Probiotics

Website with comprehensive resource on probiotic research and development and the consumer benefits of probiotics in the United States as well as a reference for global probiotic activities.

Canadian Research and Development Centre for Probiotics

The Canadian Research & Development Centre for Probiotics was established in 2001 by a grant from the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund as a means to bring together experts in Canada who specialize in probiotics and applications thereof.

World Gastroenterology Organisation

The World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) is a federation of over 100 Member Societies and 4 Regional Associations of gastroenterology representing over 50,000 individual members worldwide. This organization focuses on the improvement of standards in gastroenterology training and education on a global scale.

WGO Handbook on Gut Microbes - Including 15 chapters by global experts on gut microbiota, its role in health and disease, probiotics and prebiotics.

Dairy Council of California
Dairy Council of California - Friday, July 11, 2014

Probiotics: Healthy Bacteria With a Host of Benefits


ILSI Europe publishes a variety of documents relevant to the probiotic and prebiotic fields, including: Probiotics, Prebiotics and the Gut Microbiota (2013)

See full list of publications

Guidelines on Probiotic Use:


The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research is one of the oldest medical research bodies in the world. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) is an Indian government department under the Ministry of Science and Technology in 1986 responsible for administering development and commercialization in the field of modern biology and biotechnology in India.

ICMR-DBT has formulated guidelines for probiotics being marketed as foods. View Guidelines


The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is an organization of the United Nations mandated to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy. The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordination authority for health within the United Nations system.

Report of a Joint FAO/WHO Working Group on Drafting Guidelines for the Evaluation of Probiotics in Food.


ISAPP is an association of academic and industrial scientists involved in research on fundamental and applied aspects of probiotics and prebiotics.


CLINICAL GUIDE TO PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTS AVAILABLE IN CANADA. 2014 Edition Indications, Dosage Forms, and Clinical Evidence to Date. Funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Danone and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.

AMERICAN GASTROENTEROLOGY ASSOCIATION, "Probiotics. What are they and what they can do for you. A patient's guide from your doctor and the AGA"

 Practice Guideline on Probiotics and Prebiotics (October 2011). Note especially Tables 8 and 9, which list strains associated with graded evidence for GI benefits.

A CME course, includes assessment of probiotics for GI benefits. The course is no longer available for CME credit, but the content is available. Note especially Table 1, which provides a list of probiotics associated with graded evidence of GI benefits. Online source.PDF.

Gut Microbiota and Probiotic Science Foundation instituted the Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize the outstanding contribution of stalwarts to the science and profession of Probiotics and Gut Microbiota

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