Retail Program Standards Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshops

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be presenting the National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshop in conjunction with the National Environmental Health Association’s 2019 Annual Educational Conference in Nashville, TN. This two-and-a-half-day course will be offered as a pre-conference workshop, Sunday – Tuesday, July 7-9, 2019. Information on how to register will be available from the National Environmental Health Association as part of their Annual Educational Conference registration process.

FDA is planning a second offering of this workshop on April 23-25, 2019 in Denver, CO.

AFDO will be posting an announcement of the workshop dates for Denver on the Cooperative Agreement portal soon. AFDO already posted the notice for the Nashville Workshop.

NEHA will handle the registration process. Individuals interested in attending one of these workshops can submit applications for the Category 3 training through the AFDO CA portal. AFDO is aware that the registration process for the workshops will be opened later in the year.


The FDA National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Program Standards) apply to the operation and management of a retail food regulatory program that is focused on the reduction of risk factors known to contribute to foodborne illness and to the promotion of active managerial control of these risk factors. The Program Standards are designed to help food regulatory programs enhance the services they provide to the public. When applied in the intended manner, the Program Standards should:

  • Assist in identifying program areas most in need of attention
  • Provide information needed to justify maintenance or increase in program budgets
  • Identify program areas where an agency can have the greatest impact on retail food safety within their community
  • Promote wider application of effective risk factor intervention strategies
  • Lead to innovations in program implementation and administration
  • Improve industry and consumer confidence in food protection programs by enhancing uniformity within and between regulatory agencies

This workshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of the Program Standards criteria and an in-depth understanding of the self-assessment and verification audit process, worksheets, and forms.


Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the requirements for each of the nine Program Standards
  • Explore various approaches to meeting the criteria within the Program Standards
  • Use the worksheets and forms to electronically compile and maintain their jurisdiction’s self-assessment results
  • Use the Program Standards worksheets and forms as a guide to complete a verification audit of a jurisdiction’s self-assessment against the criteria contained on the FDA National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards.


Participants should be program managers or those directly responsible for conducting program self-assessments and preparing for verification audits. Interactive workshop exercises have been developed for each of the Program Standards and are designed to provide participants with hands on experience in preparation for conducting a self-assessment or a verification audit. Please note a maximum of 2 participants from each agency has been set as there are a limited number of seats available for the course unless more space is available.


Participants should have a good understanding of the criteria contained in each of the nine Program Standards. An orientation to the use of the Program Standards files and worksheets that are downloadable from the following FDA web link will be provided at the workshop.

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