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The Partnership for Food Protection (PFP) Governing Council is pleased to announce the release of a new PFP resource document entitled, “Data Elements and Definitions.” We want to share this PFP work product with all of our valued partners and ask for your assistance in disseminating this document to your colleagues, as appropriate. The target audiences for this resource document are federal and state food safety and public health agencies to use as an information guide when updating or replacing information technology (IT) systems.
The “Data Elements and Definitions” resource document was developed by the PFP Information Technology Workgroup (ITWG). The Workgroup is co-chaired by Ashley Schascheck from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Don Jaccard from the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, and includes representatives from federal, state and local government agencies.
The ITWG developed and delivered a comprehensive landscape of data elements collected by state food manufacturing programs during licensure and inspection of food manufacturing firms. The information in the data landscape was analyzed, evaluated, and used to develop a common data dictionary as a means of creating a common lexicon in moving towards a vision of data sharing and exchange among regulatory partners. The document is comprised of a compilation of the 27 most common data elements used by both FDA and state food safety organizations. The dictionary definitions also provide a platform of accepted terms and usage to assist in aligning the variety of definitions that currently exist across jurisdictional lines.
The PFP Governing Council thanks you for your continued interest in the Partnership’s work in the development of an Integrated Food Safety System and for sharing this document with your colleagues.
Sincerely on behalf of the PFP Governing Council,
Barbara Cassens, Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs
Patrick Kennelly, California Department of Public Health
PFP Governing Council Co-chairs