Regulatory Economics for Risk Management

In conjunction with the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, USDA Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis, and the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, JIFSAN held a pilot course in “Regulatory Economics for Food, Health, and Environmental Risk Management” from February 2 – 23, 2023. The course was held via Zoom on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons with participants representing U.S. government agencies, industry, and foreign agencies.

Participants were introduced to the type of economic analysis used to support rule making changes. Topics were covered with the intent to train professionals how to conduct the types of economic analysis needed for evaluating various risks and would apply to all agencies. The instructor team was comprised of economists and risk assessors whose role it has been to review such analysis as part of the U.S. rule making process, some of whom have been involved in writing Agency Guidelines.

Instructors included representation from these groups as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S Department of Health and Human Service (HHS). The team is planning to offer the course again later in 2023!


Clare Narrod (formerly ORACBA currently JIFSAN-CFS3)

Susan Dudley (formerly OIRA)

Aaron Kearsley (formerly FDA, currently, HHS)

Ann Wolverton (EPA)

Linda Abbott (formerly APHIS currently ORACBA)

Clark Nardinelli (formerly FDA)