Food Defense/IAVA Certified Coordinator

Food Defense/IAVA Certified Coordinator

Gain knowledge to conduct a vulnerability assessment under the Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (IA) regulation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This course is the "standardized curriculum" recognized by FDA and one way to meet the requirements for a "food defense qualified individual" responsible for conducting a vulnerability assessment.
The FDA announced that inspections would begin in March 2020 to allow industry time with forthcoming materials, training, and tools, including an updated Food Defense Plan Builder – see more here

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Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to understand FDA's IAVA rule requirements, conduct a vulnerability/threat assessment, determine mitigation strategies, and develop a Food Defense plan.

  • Define food defense and importance of forming a cross-functional team.
  • Describe vulnerability/threat assessment, significant vulnerability, and actionable process step.
  • Be able to understand the importance of considering the threat of an "Inside Attacker".
  • Explain difference between Key Activity Types (KATs) and 3 Element approaches.
  • Learn how to conduct vulnerability assessments using KAT, 3 Elements, or the Hybrid method.
  • Know how to find the resources needed to develop mitigation strategies and what is required.

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Who Should Attend:

Any employee that works in a company within the supply chain assigned as the “food defense qualified individual” and responsible for conducting the vulnerability assessment.

  • The Intentional Adulteration (IA) Rule applies to both domestic and foreign companies required to register with the FDA as food facilities under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.


If you plan to take the 1-day, in-person FSPCA IA Vulnerability Assessments course, while not required, it is strongly recommended that you complete this FSPCA Intentional Adulteration Conducting Vulnerability Assessments using Key Activity Types course before attending the in-person FSPCA Intentional Adulteration (IA) Vulnerability Assessments course.

Instructor-Led Live

Webinar Price: $695

This 8 hour FSPCA course is the standardize curriculum recognized by the FDA. This training provides key understanding on the requirements under the Intentional Adulteration Rule and the Food Defense Qualified Individual role and responsibilities. Participants will learn to explain information necessary to conduct a vulnerability assessment and the importance of Food Defense.


IAVA Training - Feb. 2024

8:30am-1:00pm PT

IAVA Training - Sep. 2024

8:30am-1:00pm PT

Private Group

Classroom / Virtual

SCS trainers can provide an interactive webinar for your team – engage associates and partners from multiple facilities! We will also come to your facility for in-person training as permitted by COVID-19 restrictions.

Recommended for groups of 6 or more. Choose from a wide range of courses or a customized training.

Contact us to discuss options, get a quote and schedule a training for your team.

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  • I would like to thank SCS for their fine training program. It’s our preference to send our employees to in-person trainings, but with restrictions set by Covid in 2020 we understand why SCS conducts classes via webinar. Our employees said the setup and webinars were both informative and well-paced and felt they were as close to being in-person as possible.

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