FDA's International Food Safety Capacity-Building Plan   [open pdf - 6MB]

"This Plan provides a strategic framework for FDA's international food safety capacity-building activities. It provides examples of how FDA can expand the technical, scientific, and regulatory capacity of foreign governments and their food industries, and it describes capacity-building activities that the agency is already engaged in. This Plan will also enable all stakeholders to see the breadth of food safety capacitybuilding efforts that FDA is pursuing. It charts a direction for how FDA will prioritize its capacity-building efforts based on risk, and how the agency will work in partnership with counterpart authorities, industry, and other organizations in order to achieve lasting food safety results. FDA's capacity-building programs will aim to support efficient and sustainable improvements to countries' food safety systems. To increase the efficiency of these new programs, FDA will be strategic in how it allocates its scarce resources. As described in this Plan, the agency will use enhanced intelligence of food safety risks on a country-by-country, commodity-by-commodity basis to determine the best candidates for technical assistance and capacitybuilding programs. FDA will coordinate with partners to avoid duplication of efforts and to broaden the reach of technical assistance and capacity-building efforts. FDA will use data to develop strategies, allowing the agency to make decisions about capacity building based on identifiable needs, while also allowing the agency to measure the impact of its efforts."

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