FSPCA Presentations and Conferences

IAFP 2016 Workshop
Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, Train-the-Trainer Class
July 29 – 30, 2016

Past Presentations and Conferences

Past News Items
September 9-10, 2014
The Steering Committee and Working Group Chairs met in Rockville, MD to review the overall progress of the FSPCA efforts.

August 26, 2014
On August 26th, The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), in collaboration with the Food and Drug Association (FDA), hosted a quarterly webinar to update stakeholders on the progress of the Alliance. To listen to the complete webinar, and view the accompanying slides, click here.

May 28-30, 2014
35 people with experience in food safety training attended the first run through of the draft FSPCA curriculum for human food. Valuable feedback was collected on suggested modifications to enhance delivery for the intended audience of small- to mid-sized processors.

May 12, 2014
On May 12th, the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance held its first of a series of Webinars to update stakeholders on the progress of the Alliance. To download the recorded presentation, click here.

July 30, 2013
The FSPCA hosted a Special Session at the IAFP Annual Meeting to discuss curriculum development, outreach activities, and FDA expectations. Speakers included Purnendu Vasavada, Jenny Scott, Robert Brackett, Katherine Swanson, and Glenn Black.

June 6-7, 2013
Steering Committee members convened in Washington, DC for a face to face meeting to review the overall progress of the FSPCA efforts including curriculum development, outreach, certification and business plan.

March 25, 2013
The Working Group Chairs and Vice Chairs met face-to-face at IFSH to discuss detailed contents for the Hazard Analysis section of the core curriculum. The materials developed from these groups were collated by the Editorial Committee, which is charged with synchronizing the input from the Working Groups for consistency. In addition, the Working Groups reviewed the curriculum's Table of Contents, and Chapters 1 and 2.

December 12-13, 2012
Over 20 members of the FSPCA Steering Committee met in Washington DC to discuss a draft of the FSPCA standardized course curriculum that is designed to help food manufactures comply with FSMA.

September 17-18, 2012
The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) met in Chicago to deliberate the topics and content of its training curriculum designed to help the food industry comply with the hazard analysis and preventive controls provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Over 30 active FSPCA members including the FSPCA Steering Committee members, Working Group Chairs, Vice Chairs, Working Group Liaisons, and food industry subject-matter expert volunteers participated in the FSPCA Preventive Controls curriculum development. The outcomes of the meeting included the following:

Discussed details of the proposed course in the context of FSMA Section 103
Agreed on the concepts and key competencies and learning objectives to be included in the FSPCA courses
Reached consensus on the course outline
Reviewed draft training materials that the FSPCA Working Groups had developed over the past several months
A FSPCA Editorial Subcommittee will be established in October to review the draft training materials from the Working Groups. A preliminary draft curriculum with key chapter outlines will be developed by December 2012.

Past Presentations and Conferences
August 2, 2015
Purnendu Vasavada presented an FSPCA update at the Artisan Cheese Food Safety forum on August 2. Over 75 people, including delegates from Canada, Australia and Europe attended. Download the presentation.

August 3, 2015
David Fairfield (NGFA) made an FSPCA presentation on August 3 at the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) meeting in Denver. The meeting was attended by over 350 state/federal feed regulatory officials and industry representatives. The focus of the presentation was on the FSPCA’s animal food activities. Download the presentation.

August 4, 2015
Robert Brackett gave an FSPCA presentation to the Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils in Washington, DC on August 4. Download the presentation.

July 27, 2015
The FSPCA held an informative session at the IAFP Annual Meeting on July 27, 2015 from 5:15-6:00 pm Pacific. An update on the FSPCA activities and information on how participants could take advantage of preventive controls resources was presented, followed by Q&A session. Download the presentation.

April 23, 2015
Dr. Robert Brackett, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Vice President and Director, Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) presented an FSPCA update during a lunch break session (12:50 – 1:20 pm Eastern) at the FDA FSMA Implementation Public Meeting on April 23, 2015. Kathy Gombas, Senior Advisor, Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA moderated the session.

April 21, 2015
On April 21, 2015, at the IAFP symposium in Cardiff, U.K., Purnendu Vasavada presented a talk on "FSMA Preventive Controls and FDA expectations for Foreign Suppliers” which included updates and information on the FSPCA. Over 80 people attended to symposium. Download the presentation.

April 16, 2015
Dr. Purnendu Vasavada, PCV & Associates, LLC, presented a brief update about the FSPCA curriculum progress and website at the PMA FSMA Implementation Webinar on Thursday, April 16th.

April 14, 2015
Dr. Robert Brackett, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Vice President and Director, Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH), presented “Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, Current Status and Next Steps” at the Midwest Food Processors Association in Steven’s Point, WI on April 14, 2015. Download the presentation.

April 6, 2015
Gerald Wojtala, Executive Director, International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI), presented an FSPCA Update at the Produce Safety Alliance Educator’s Meeting on April 6, 2015. Download the presentation.

March 23, 2015
Purnendu C. Vasavada, Ph.D. presented “The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) for Training and Outreach: Update” to nearly 300 attendees on March 23, 2015 at the BRC Food Safety Americas 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Download the presentation.

February 5, 2015
Katherine M.J. Swanson presented “FSPCA General Overview and Plans for Implementation” on February 5, 2015 at the 3M Food Safety Global Quarterly Meeting in St. Paul, MN. Download the presentation.

January 12-14, 2015
Donna Garren (AFFI) presented an update on the FSPCA to over 60 participants of the Northwest Food Processors Association convention held January 12 - 14, 2015 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR. Download the presentation.

September 15-16, 2014
At the National Center for Food Protection and Defense Conference held in Minneapolis, MN, Katherine M.J. Swanson, PhD presented “Developing FSPCA’s Curriculum for Preventive Controls for Human Food: Lessons Learned".

August 2, 2014
Dr. Purnendu C. Vasavada discussed the FSPCA course development, outreach and webinars at two IAFP PDG meetings (Applied Lab Methods PDG and the Dairy PDG).

July 29, 2014
Dr. Purnendu C. Vasavada presented a talk on Developing a Food Safety Plan at the UGA HACCP course in Athens GA.

June 18, 2014
At the Collaborative Food Safety Forum in Washington, D.C., Kathy Gombas, Senior Advisor, CFSAN’s Office of Food Safety, presented “FSPCA Update for CFSF" to consumer groups, industry and academia. Download the presentation.

May 21, 2014
Kathy Gombas, Senior Advisor, CFSAN’s Office of Food Safety, gave a FSMA Operational Strategy presentation to over 300 food industry and third party auditors at the BRC Food Safety Americas Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Download the presentation.


April 29, 2014
Dr. Purnendu C. Vasavada provided a FSPCA update on the IAFP Webinar “FSMA and FSPCA Update for the Peanut Industry”.

December 3-5, 2013
Dr. Purnendu C. Vasavada chaired a session on FSMA/FSPCA at the MWFPA conference in Milwaukee.

July 16, 2013
Over 35 people attended the FSPCA presentation, “Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Education and Outreach" at the 2013 IFT Annual Meeting Sunrise Session. To download the full presentation, click here.

March 19, 2013
FSPCA update at the 2013 Southeastern Food Processors Association University held in Raleigh, NC.

February 23, 2013
FSPCA update at the American Frozen Food Institute’s AFFI-CON convention held in Anaheim, CA.

January 24, 2013
Drs. Glenn Black and Purnendu C. Vasavada presented an update on the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance Training Courses at the International Food Protection Training Institute’s Advisory Council Meeting held in Baltimore.MD.

November 28, 2012
At the Midwest Food processors Association annual convention held in Madison, WI., Drs. Purnendu C. Vasavada (FSPCA), Glenn Back (Chair, FSPCA Steering Committee), Donna Garren (American Frozen Food Institute - FSPCA Steering Committee), Ms. Susan Estes (Pepisco- FSPCA Working Group) and Mr. Rick Stier (FSPCA Working Group) participated in panel discussion sessions on FSMA update and Food Safety and Quality issues and presented update on FSPCA activities and FSMA.

November 7, 2012
Dr. Purnendu C. Vasavada presented an update on the Alliance activities and progress at the. NW Food Safety and Sanitation Conference held November 6-7, 2012 in Portland, OR.

October 16-18, 2012
North Central Association of Food and Drug Officials Conference
Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America, Bloomington, MN

October 10, 2012
ASTA Regulatory/Legislative Workshop
Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA

September 19-20, 2012
At the Illinois Institute of Technology/Institute for Food Safety and Health (IIT/IFSH) Annual Stakeholders Meeting held in Chicago, IL, Dr. Robert Brackett discussed the FSPCA as a part of his “Welcome and IFSH Updates” address. Jenny Scott highlighted the role of the FSPCA in developing the Preventive Controls training programs in her presentation “Meeting FDA’s Vision for a Modernized Food Safety System”. Dr. Purnendu C. Vasavada delivered a presentation entitled “Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA): An Update.”

September 9-12, 2012
The FSPCA Coordinator Dr. Purnendu C. Vasavada presented an update on the Alliance activities and progress at the Fall 2012 Association of Food and Drug Officials of the Southern States (AFDOSS) Annual Educational Conference held in Gatlinburg, TN. Approximately 45 people representing State and local regulators, academia and industry attended and the session.

July 22-25, 2012
International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Meeting
Providence, RI

June 2-6, 2012
Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) Annual Educational Conference
Providence, RI

April 17-19, 2012
Food Safety Summit
Washington, DC

April 4-6, 2012
GMA Science Forum
Washington, DC