What is JIFSAN?
The Institute is the foundation of public and private partnerships that provides the scientific basis for ensuring a safe, wholesome food supply as well as provide the infrastructure for contributions to national food safety programs and international food standards.
The Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) was established between the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the University of Maryland (UM) in April 1996. The Institute is a jointly administered, multidisciplinary research, education and outreach program.
The Institute fosters the missions of FDA and the University through the creation of partnerships to increase the quantity and quality of research, which will provide the basis for sound public health policy. It promotes food safety and human nutrition and animal health and production through an integrated academic and regulatory science program. This includes multidisciplinary research, outreach and educational programs, and policy studies. The participation of FDA scientists in JIFSAN collaborative research programs related to FDA’s mission and the consultative arrangements with other scientists associated with FDA, the Institute, and the University ensures the critical science-based foundation needed to establish sound food safety policy. In addition, opportunities exist for collaborative projects with other Federal and state agencies, private industry, consumer and trade groups, and international organizations with mutual interests.
To advance sound strategies that improve public health, food safety, and applied nutrition using risk analysis principles through cooperative research, education, and outreach programs.
To be internationally recognized as a premier source of scientific information and education programs on food safety and applied nutrition that enables the development of sound public health policy and reduces the incidence of food-related illness.
- Increase the global knowledge of effective, available practices that promote food safety throughout the supply chain.
- Enhance the development and promote the use of risk analysis models and tools for decision making processes associated with food safety and applied nutrition.
- Promote collaborative research efforts related to risk analysis, food safety, and applied nutrition.
- Broaden the research educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at University of Maryland
- Promote the development of private and public partnerships
Collaborative Research Program
Advance food safety & applied nutrition research that contributes to the development of science-based public health policies
Sustainable Partnerships for Trainings
Foster the establishment of sustainable partnerships to develop and implement Food Safety training programs globally
Expand Food Safety Educational Opportunities
Develop and sustain educational resources to help train a skilled workforce in food safety and applied nutrition
Capacity Building in Food Safety & Risk Analysis
Expand global capacity building in food safety & risk analysis