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Issue Number: Council II 005


Re-create Program Standards Committee

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The Conference for Food Protection (CFP) Program Standards Committee requests that the committee be re-created to serve as a stakeholder group to provide input to the FDA internal Program Standards working group for recommending changes and improvements to the Program Standards. In addition, the committee requests continuation of a long-term project that was initiated in the last year to identify resource linkages and platforms that will assist enrollees in taking the necessary steps towards success in meeting the Program Standards.

Public Health Significance

The Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards were developed to serve as a guide for regulatory retail food program managers in the design, management, and execution of a retail food program with the public health outcome of reducing foodborne illness risk factors. The potential for enhanced collaboration of the CFP with other entities whose work/projects align with that of the Program Standards Committee will offer access and linkages to resources so that enrollees are better equipped to make and demonstrate meaningful progress towards meeting the Program Standards.

Recommended Solution: The Conference recommends...

1. The Program Standards Committee be re-created following the 2014 CFP Biennial Meeting with the following charges:

a. Serve as a stakeholder group to provide input to an FDA internal Program Standards working group to:

i. Recommend additional changes or improvements to the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards; and

ii. Research a methodology and develop a tool to recognize levels of performance of Program Standards enrollees that will demonstrate the progress of enrollees in a meaningful way and to acknowledge the enrollees for taking the necessary incremental steps toward meeting the Program Standards.

2. Collaborate with other entities such as the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the Partnership of Food Protection (PFP), and the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that are working on aligned Program Standards activities to:

a. Develop, improve, and/or provide linkages to resources that will assist enrollees with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards; and

b. Identify platforms through which enrollees can share resources and have user group discussions, peer assistance networks, and community of practice forums.

3. Formulate resolutions to issues brought before the committee and report back at the 2016 CFP Biennial Meeting.

Submitter Information

Name David Lawrence, Committee Chair
Organization 2012-2014 Program Standards Committee
Address Fairfax County Health Department
10777 Main Street, Suite 211
Fairfax, VA 22030
Telephone (703) 246-8435
Fax (703) 385-9568
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