FDA Recognized Training Programs & Materials

 FSMA Standardized Curriculum: A structured program developed by the FDA-funded Alliances in which the training materials will be recognized by the FDA as adequate to meet the training standards and requirements in either the Produce Safety Rule (PSR) or the Preventive Controls for Human Foods Rule (PCHF). The three FDA-funded Alliances (Produce Safety, Food Safety Preventive Controls, and Sprout Safety) have developed model, standardized curricula designed to meet the needs of, and be used by, the majority of stakeholders who must comply with the FSMA rules.

 Add-on Content: Modules, handouts, learning aids, and/or other learning material, that is developed by any stakeholder group to supplement the standardized curriculum and delivered when training is presented. FDA recommends review of add-on content, to ensure consistency with the relevant Rule, by:

  • a Regional Center (for domestic training);
  • UMD-JIFSAN/PSA (for international training);
  • FDA (for add-on content developed by FDA grantees).

Other FDA Recognized Training Curricula

Alternate Curricula: Training programs reviewed and recognized by FDA as meeting the training standards and requirements in either the Produce Safety Rule or Preventive Controls for Human Foods Rule, developed by Cooperative Agreement grantees that include at least equivalent learning objectives and learning activities as the standardized curricula (Produce Safety Alliance, Sprout Safety Alliance and Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance courses) and are consistent with the requirements of the applicable Rule, but could vary (e.g., emphasis on certain agricultural practices, environmental considerations, commodities) based on intended audience; Cooperative Agreement awardees that may currently develop alternate curricula are:

  • The NCC through the four Regional Centers;
  • National Farmers Union Foundation under the Local Food Producer Outreach, Education, and Training to Enhance Food Safety and FSMA Compliance Cooperative Agreement;
  • University of Arkansas at Fayetteville under the Native American Tribes Outreach, Education, and Training to Enhance Food Safety and FSMA Compliance cooperative agreement Cooperative Agreement.

Modified Curriculum: A structured training program that utilizes a standardized curriculum in a different modality or with minor accommodation to suit the needs of a particular audience, yet still meets all learning objectives from the standardized curriculum. The training programs comprising the standardized curricula have been reviewed and recognized by FDA as meeting the training standards and requirements in either the Produce Safety or Preventive Controls rule.

Modality: the method of delivering training material (e.g., instructor-led, asynchronous online, video, self-study, blended, distance, hands-on exercises).

Minor accommodation: Eliminate certain slides that are not relevant to a particular audience (e.g., some slides on validation for operators of warehouses storing packaged food) or shortening the course from 20 hours (e.g., because the course is being taught to only 5 people who will constitute a single working group with a single teaching exercise).

Other Training Programs

Equivalent Curricula: Training programs that have not gone through a formal FDA review and recognition process however, may still meet the training standards and requirements in either the Produce Safety or Preventive Controls rule. These training programs should have at least equivalent learning objectives and learning activities, and should be designed to achieve the same outcomes as the FDA-recognized standardized curricula.  Such programs could be deemed equivalent through objective analysis by an independent entity; documentation should be available to support the determination/rationale for deeming the program to be equivalent to a standardized curriculum.