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Issue Number: Council II 006


Report - Electronic Reporting Committee

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The Conference for Food Protection (CFP) Electronic Reporting Committee seeks Council II to acknowledge the committee report and thank the committee for completed work.

Public Health Significance

The 2008 CFP Biennial Meeting created a new committee - Electronic Reporting Committee and gave the following charges (2008 II-036):

Charge 1: Consider options to make the results of the "Best Practices and Lessons Learned" as identified in the 2006-2008 Electronic Data Capture and Reporting Committee Survey 2 available to jurisdictions considering an electronic data capture system.

Charge 2: Conduct research into the feasibility of providing an anonymous, central electronic database for the collection of electronic data from jurisdictions across the country.

Charge 3: Work with jurisdictions to create a pilot project for collection of inspection data and include it in an anonymous test database and identify any challenges associated with such database development.

The 2008-2010 committee felt very strongly that 2006-2008 Electronic Data Capture and Reporting Committee Survey be made available from the CFP website in an easier way by placing a more prominent link. Creating an anonymous database will be very valuable to participating agencies and the food service industry. Data collection and analysis has important values within any regulatory program that are currently collecting their food inspection data electronically. Due to the current economic status of many agencies, the committee feels that CFP should wait for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine the results of the next phase of baseline survey based on Center for Disease Control (CDC) contributing factors to foodborne illness. After FDA formulates their plan, CFP should pursue charges 2 and 3 through the continued committee.

Recommended Solution: The Conference recommends...

  1. acknowledgement of the Electronic Reporting Committee final report,
  2. thanking the committee members for completed work; and
  3. that a more prominent link be provided on the CFP web site to the 2006-2008 Electronic Data Capture and Reporting Committee Survey.


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