With the passage of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011, development of regulations and policies to implement the law have become one of FDA’s top priorities. Central to effective implementation is timely and useful input from various stakeholders. While written comments and public testimony will be important as part of the formal regulatory process, the agency will continue to benefit from a more dynamic, interactive, informal process involving representatives from industry, academia, and the consumer advocacy/public health communities. Towards that end, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are jointly sponsoring a second phase of the Collaborative Food Safety Forum (CFSF or Forum) to serve as a platform to engage key stakeholders in rigorous, collaborative, and creative problem-solving and consensus building dialogue to think through ideas for efficient and effective implementation of the law.
In the first phase of the Forum, from March 2010 to June 2012, RESOLVE designed, organized, facilitated, and conducted follow-up activities for five Forum workshops:
- Imports Workshop – July 20-21, 2011
- Surveillance Workshop – November 3-4, 2011
- Third-Party Certification Workshop (follow up to the Imports Workshop) – November 16, 2011
- Foodborne Illness Source Attribution Workshop (follow up to the Surveillance Workshop) – February 1, 2012
- Domestic Facility Inspections Workshop – April 12, 2012
During phase 2 of the CFSF, stakeholders have taken a deeper dive into critical questions and tackled some of the more controversial topics that have emerged from proposed rules. This dialogue has allowed the agencies to better understand stakeholder interests, resulting in more effective implementation of the FSMA. The ultimate goal of this work is to lead to better prevention of, and response to, foodborne illness – resulting in improved public health.
- Early Outbreak Investigations Forum – Supply Chain Consultations Process – December 2012-January 2014 (A series of 4 workshops)
- Testing Forum – March 27, 2013
- Agricultural Water Standards Testing – August 8, 2013
- Foreign Supplier Verification Programs– January 9, 2014
- Collaborative Implementation of FSMA– June 18, 2014-ongoing