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 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, human nutrition, and animal health and production through integrated research, education, and outreach programs. Opportunities exist for collaborative projects with Federal and state agencies, private industry, consumer and trade groups, and international organizations with mutual interests.
To advance sound strategies to improve public health, food safety, and applied nutrition using risk analysis principles through cooperative research, education, and outreach programs.
To be 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.
Broaden the research educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at University of Maryland
The Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition is located at 2134 Patapsco Bldg. at M Square, Maryland's largest research park. It is adjacent to the FDA CFSAN Harvey Wiley Building, within walking distance from the College Park Metro (Washington's subway and bus transit system) and is less than two miles from the University of Maryland main campus. The location is just nine miles from downtown Washington, D.C., and approximately 30 miles from both Baltimore and Annapolis. JIFSAN is accessible by the METRO subway system and bus routes, as well as the MARC commuter train.
The International Food Safety Training Laboratory (IFSTL) is a 4,600 square feet laboratory facility located at the University of Maryland. It is the home of JIFSAN's latest program focusing on laboratory capacity building to ensure the safety of the US food supply and harmonization of analytical methods worldwide. IFSTL was created in partnership with the Waters Corporation and is dedicated to training in the area of chemical and microbial food safety.