On 19 October 2017, the 50th meeting of the Advisory Committee was held at the headquarters of the IOC in Madrid (Spain). This Committee brings together representatives of associations of producers, industry, trade and consumers in IOC member countries. Observers included representatives of Brazil and of the Australian Olive Oil Association (AOOA), QvExtra! Internacional, Filiera Olivicola Olearia Italiana (FOOI), North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA), Associação Brasileira de Produtores, Importadores e Comerciantes de Azeite de Oliveira (OLIVA) and Watania-Agri (Saudi Arabia).
The items on the agenda included the conclusions and recommendations of the update workshop on the organoleptic assessment method for virgin olive oil, which had been held on 18 October 2017 and in which the representatives of the Advisory Committee had participated. The recommendations arising from the workshop included the creation of a working group to examine and develop the method, which would be made up of experts in organoleptic assessment and representatives of the Advisory Committee.