In an effort to educate the industry about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the agency has put together a new web page that focuses on the FSMA Collaborative Training Forum. The Forum provides a space for dialogue, information sharing, alignment and collaboration for all those providing training to those in the food industry who must comply with FSMA.
The Forum is funded by FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The network consists of public and private partners in state, federal, tribal and international governments, industry, and academia. Forum members coordinate and implement training on FSMA principles, practices, and processes and provide technical assistance to help food producers understand, navigate, and comply with the rules.
The FSMA Collaborative Training Forum members are uniquely positioned to understand FSMA and the intent of its rules, as well as the ‘on the ground’ realities for food industry members. Within the broad network of U.S. domestic and foreign food producers and domestic importers, Forum members coordinate and implement training on FSMA principles, practices, and processes and provide technical assistance to help food producers understand, navigate, and comply with the rules.
Four times a year, Forum members meet to share information about their programs, provide updates about the work, and discuss issues of common concern. These meetings allow members to have an open dialogue about issues, reduce duplication of effort, and leverage limited resources for the greatest overall effect.
FDA's new web page contains information about:
- FSMA training alliances
- National and regional coordination centers
- Outreach and training for local and tribal producers
- How to work with state partners
- Global training
See all of this information and more at FDA.gov.