The 2018 Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Alliance (MFRPA) meeting will provide topic specific training and resource materials on the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS) to State Food Program Managers, State food safety program coordinators, and FDA personnel. The meeting will include presentations, round-table discussions, and interactive exercises. The elements of the MFRPS describe the best practices of a high-quality food regulatory program and encourage continuous program improvement and innovation. Achieving conformance with the MFRPS by State manufactured food regulatory programs is critical for improving public health outcomes, reducing the incidence of food-borne illness, and advancing an integrated national food safety system, as mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Participation in this meeting will assist State manufactured food programs in achieving conformance with the MFRPS and promote the continuous quality improvement of state food safety programs.
A special workshop on the FDA Flexible Funding Model application is scheduled for January 29, 2018. This workshop will provide State Food Safety programs with critical insight and a deeper understanding of the Flexible Funding Model requirements and the application process for requesting funding under this cooperative agreement.
***Under the MFRPS cooperative agreements, attendance by a minimum of two key personnel is required. State programs may elect to send additional individuals to this meeting, however the state must provide the funding to cover the travel costs of those additional staff. Please refer to your individual notice of award for additional details.***
UPON COMPLETION OF THE MEETING, ATTENDEES WILL BE ABLE TO:
Describe and apply the requirements to achieve conformance with the MFRPS.
Administer the tools and resources available to programs enrolled in the MFRPS.
Implement best practices and methods for leveraging resources to advance conformance with the MFRPS.
Describe the governance structure for the MFRPA and the process for updating future versions of the MFRPS.
Identify and evaluate the impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Partnership for Food Protection (PFP), and other national food safety initiatives on the MFRPS.
Employ improved communication and collaboration between the FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Office of Partnerships (OP), State regulatory programs, and other regulatory partners.
Improved ability to support State regulatory programs in achieving conformance with the MFRPS (FDA personnel).
State food safety program managers and program coordinators with programs currently enrolled in the MFRPS, or intend to enroll in the MFRPS at the earliest date possible.
FDA ORA – OP personnel and ORA-state liaisons that serve as primary points of contact for their State manufactured food regulatory partners.