The fourth INFORMAS satellite meeting was held after the ICN conference in Buenos Aires in October. There were 58 attendees from all continents. Professor Boyd Swinburn opened with an overview of INFORMAS progress. Protocols have been developed and tested for most of the modules. INFORMAS has grown organically and there are now 22 countries involved across all continents. Future directions for INFORMAS are developing regional centres, having robust IT systems, demonstrating the ‘Action, Support’ part of INFORMAS and developing a country profile to highlight food environment monitoring. Challenges are to ensure sufficient funding, having a clear purpose for the use of monitoring information, balancing international comparability with local needs and selecting appropriate food classification and nutrient profiling systems.