FDA Update

May 2, 2019

The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) is offering two opportunities to take the IA Conducting Vulnerability Assessment Participant Courses

This course will provide participants with the knowledge to implement the requirements of conducting a vulnerability assessment under the Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (IA) regulation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This regulation is one of a number of regulations and guidance that implement the provisions of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which focuses on safe food practices.

The Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration regulation (referred to as the IA rule) is aimed at preventing intentional adulteration from acts intended to cause wide-scale harm to public health, including acts of terrorism targeting the food supply. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a "food defense qualified individual" who has successfully completed training in the conduct of a vulnerability assessment. This course developed by the FSPCA is the "standardized curriculum" recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a "food defense qualified individual" responsible for conducting a vulnerability assessment.

The upcoming courses are available at Illinois Tech’s Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH):

   ​​May 8, 2019 | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm | FSPCA IA Conducting Vulnerability Assessments Course

   May 9, 2019 | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm | FSPCA IA Conducting Vulnerability Assessments Course

Lead Instructors: 

Colin A. Barthel (FDA)
Caitlin Hickey (FDA)
John Collier (Battelle Memorial Institute)

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