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Association of Food and Drug Officials


March 21, 2012

Contact: AFDO, 717-757-2888,

Government, Industry and Academia form Alliances to Ensure the Safety of Our Nation’s Food and Drug Supply

Providence, Rhode Island - The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) – a non-profit organization comprised of local, state and federal government officials and industry leaders – will hold its 116th Annual Educational Conference at The Westin Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, on June 2-6, 2012.  The conference is a forum for delegates from the United States and Canada for discussion of cutting-edge food, drug and medical product safety and security defense initiatives.  This year's conference is co-sponsored by the Northeast Food and Drug Officials (NEFDOA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS).

Titled “Leading the Way to Building Global Integrated Food, Drug and Medical Device Safety Systems,” the conference will feature keynote addresses by federal and international food safety leaders, including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Center for Disease Control.

This year AFDO provides a Pre-Conference Workshop to be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012.  This workshop, entitled “Training Essentials – Are You Prepared?” is being sponsored by the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI).

The Food Track conference agenda topics are wide ranging from “Implementing an Integrated Food Safety System” to “Using Alliances to Lead and Implement Food Safety Improvements”.  Import/Export Issues, Panel Discussions on “Preventative Controls”, “Third Party Certification” and “Cottage Foods” are only a few of the topics just touching the surface of the timely presentations on the schedule.

Drug and medical product safety is and continues to be of global significance.  The importance spans the world as it has a substantial impact on both public health and economic activity. Health Canada will discuss their “Risk-Based Drug and Medical Device GMP Review Program,” while the FDA will review a “Risk Based Approach to Quality”.  FDA will issue updates on the “Unique Device Identification Plan” and Canada will deliver information on the “Premarket Clearance Requirements for Medical Devices”.

The International Food Protection Training Institute’s Cohort II Fellowship research project poster presentations will be on display.  

Active. Complex. Ever-Changing. Global Food Safety weaves together a network of connected systems!  The 2012 AFDO annual conference will showcase the Integrated Food and Drug Safety System at work. AFDO brings together federal, state and local governments, industry, academia and consumers to build and sustain mutually beneficial, long-term relationships to ensure that critical information are not only available, but accessible. The AFDO conference offers attendees the opportunity to learn, contribute and network at one of the nation’s premiere professional educational conferences.  The conference and workshop programs are available  CEU’s are typically available to conference participants.

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The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), established in 1896, successfully fosters uniformity in the adoption and enforcement of science-based food, drug, medical devices, cosmetics and product safety laws, rules, and regulations.  AFDO and its six Regional Affiliates provide the mechanism and the forum where regional, national and international issues are deliberated and resolved to uniformly provide the best public health and consumer protection in the most expeditious and cost effective manner. 

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