Microbial Validation and Verification Workshop

This unique certificate program is an intensive [series of workshops] designed to teach thermal processing professionals the most current science-based techniques to be applied in the development of optimal thermal processes and the mitigation of thermal process deviations.

Designed for professionals working toward becoming a recognized Process Authority, GMA equips you not only the “whats” and “whens” of food processing, but also “why” specific steps used in the development process are so critical. This focus sets our Thermal Processing Program apart from other training programs. - See more at: http://www.gmaonline.org/forms/meeting/MeetingFormPublic/view?id=1D7F5000000776#sthash.VivxI8z5.dpuf
This unique certificate program is an intensive [series of workshops] designed to teach thermal processing professionals the most current science-based techniques to be applied in the development of optimal thermal processes and the mitigation of thermal process deviations.

Designed for professionals working toward becoming a recognized Process Authority, GMA equips you not only the “whats” and “whens” of food processing, but also “why” specific steps used in the development process are so critical. This focus sets our Thermal Processing Program apart from other training programs. - See more at: http://www.gmaonline.org/forms/meeting/MeetingFormPublic/view?id=1D7F5000000776#sthash.VivxI8z5.dpuf
This unique certificate program is an intensive [series of workshops] designed to teach thermal processing professionals the most current science-based techniques to be applied in the development of optimal thermal processes and the mitigation of thermal process deviations.

Designed for professionals working toward becoming a recognized Process Authority, GMA equips you not only the “whats” and “whens” of food processing, but also “why” specific steps used in the development process are so critical. This focus sets our Thermal Processing Program apart from other training programs. - See more at: http://www.gmaonline.org/forms/meeting/MeetingFormPublic/view?id=1D7F5000000776#sthash.VivxI8z5.dpuf

Microbial Validation and
Verification Workshop

March 17-18, 2015
 

The FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food rule will require that food manufacturing companies implement a food safety plan.  Companies should be preparing now - don’t wait for an inspector to find issues in your plan that could affect the public health.  In order to effectively implement a food safety plan you need to understand the current regulatory climate and FDA expectations.  Heightened expectations of food safety control measures means companies have to evaluate their current practices ensuring they are scientifically supported. 

This one-of-a-kind workshop will equip participants with the knowledge and tools to :

  • Identify pertinent microbial hazards, including outlining the most recent developments in FDA policy.

  • Define the role of environmental and microbial product testing in the verification of food safety control measures

  • Design and conduct laboratory studies as well as in-plant validations

  • Use thermobacteriology and other concepts for conducting validation

Recent foodborne disease outbreaks attributed to processed foods have renewed focus on the importance of understanding the science behind processing as well as the key role process authorities play in the food safety system. Regulatory agencies are emphasizing the review of thermal process filings and re-evaluating the application of traditionally conservative thermal food processes.

While the Better Process Control School (BPCS) Program is mandated within current regulations, the process development and analysis materials covered in the BPCS program are not sufficient for the thermal processing professional.

GMA’s TPPT Program focuses on development of thermal processes and resolution of deviations encountered during the processing of food products. Our diverse panel of instructors - many of whom are process authorities themselves - will ensure you are aligned with the appropriate regulatory standards. It is crucial that processors understand and practice the most current science-based methods in the development of thermal food processes and GMA will make sure you are up-to-speed on the latest processing advancements in the field. - See more at: http://www.gmaonline.org/forms/meeting/MeetingFormPublic/view?id=1D7F5000000776#sthash.VivxI8z5.dpuf

 

  • Tell Me More...

    The first crucial step to designing an effective food safety plan is a robust hazard analysis that identifies the relevant hazards.  GMA will equip you with what you need to know in regards to microbial food safety hazards and FDA’s expectations under FSMA.  Secondly, to verify effective implementation of food safety control procedures FSMA requires companies to implement verification and validation activities.   Adequate validation of preventive controls, such as thermal processes, is essential to the success of the food safety plan.  Our instructors will address verification of control measures through product testing and environmental monitoring. 

    As leading experts in food safety at the front line of understanding and commenting on the FSMA regulations, GMA is uniquely positioned to help you understand the role of microbiological testing and challenge studies in the current regulatory climate.

    Click here to register for this workshop!

  • Who Should Attend?

    Personnel who will conduct hazard analysis and design food safety plans.

    Food safety personnel assisting in designing testing programs and/or intervention strategies.

    Quality assurance personnel conducting testing or other monitoring or verification activities.

    R&D personnel designing challenge or validation studies

     

  • Thermal Processing Professional Training Program

    The Microbial Validation and Verification Workshop is an integral part of this unique certificate program - an intensive series of workshops designed to teach thermal processing professionals the most current, science-based techniques critical to the development of optimal thermal processes and the mitigation of thermal process deviations.

    If you are a thermal processing professional working toward becoming a recognized Process Authority this training is for you!

    Click here to learn more about the Thermal Processing Professional Training Program!

     

 

Contact Information

Registration:
Tonnetta Brown
Coordinator, Science Policy
(202) 637-4806