FSPCA Food Defense Qualified Individuals Training

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About The FSPCA's Intentional Adulteration Vulnerability Assessments (IA/VA) Qualified Individuals


The Intentional Adulteration Conducting Vulnerability Assessments Qualified Individuals (IAVA-QI) Participant Course will provide participants with the knowledge to implement the requirements of conducting a vulnerability assessment under the Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (IA) regulation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Developed by the FSPCA, this course is the "standardized curriculum" recognized by FDA. The successful completion of this course is one way to meet the requirements for a "food defense qualified individual" responsible for conducting a vulnerability assessment or reviewing food defense plans.

Course Focus

  • Focuses primarily on intentional adulteration issues and encompasses the entire food system
  • Provides information on creating and analyzing your food defense plans
  • Evaluates processes, vulnerabilities, actionable process steps, based on the three elements

  1. Potential Public Health Impact
  2. Degree of Physical Access
  3. Ability of an attacker to successfully contaminate the product

Who should take this course?

The IA Rule applies to both domestic and foreign companies that are required to register with the FDA as food facilities under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. You should take this course if

  • You are planning conduct food defense vulnerability assessments using the three elements
  • You are planning to lead a food defense team to conduct vulnerability assessments using the three elements
  • You are an auditor (internal or external) who evaluates food defense plans.
  • Your are planning to conduct food defense vulnerability assessments via a hybrid approach that uses the key activity types and the three elements. 

Course assumptions


While not required, it is STRONGLY recommended that you that you complete two free online courses

  • FSPCA Food Defense Awareness For IA rule
  • FSPCA IA Rule Overview

The assumption is that participants in the Intentional Adulteation Vulnerability Assessment Qualified Individuals (IAVA-QI) course have an understanding of the identification of the Key-Activity-Types (KATs), and KATs will not be covered in any detail in this course.

Both of these courses, along with other online FSPCA Food Defense Courses can be found at the following link.