Qualitative Risk Assessment

Qualitative Risk Assessment

NOTE: Length of course days is based on in-person training. Remote training via Zoom courses will be held over multiple days with each day being less than a full-day.

Course Description

This is the original flagship course of the JIFSAN food safety risk analysis curriculum.
Qualitative Risk Assessment predicts the likelihood of harm resulting from exposure to chemical, microbial and physical agents in the diet.

The Qualitative Risk Assessments course focuses on the skills needed to predict the likelihood of harm resulting from exposure to chemical, microbial and physical agents in the diet.
Our 2-day in classroom course introduces the range of risk assessment approaches across a wide spectrum of food safety hazards, providing hands-on experience with both qualitative and quantitative techniques.

Prequisite:While not required, it is recommended that this course be taken after you have completed the Introduction to Risk Analysis and the Regulatory Process and the Risk Management course. Those two courses provide contextual information about risk analysis that is not repeated here.

It is strongly recommended that this course be taken after you have completed the Risk Management course. The Risk Management course provides contextual information about risk analysis that is not repeated here.

Overview of Topics

Context of Food Safety Risk Assessment, The Risk Assessor's Toolbox, Applications, and Components>

Learning Objectives

  • Fundamental reasons for risk analysis
  • Key developments in the role of risk assessment in international food safety
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the wide range of formal definitions of risk assessment
  • Differentiate variability and uncertainty in risk assessment
  • Significance of uncertainty and variability to the Risk Assessor and Risk Manager
  • Discuss the role of probability in quantitative risk assessment
  • Identify several of the more frequently used probability distributions in risk assessment
  • Understanding the differences between chemical and microbial risk assessment

This course meets a requirement of the JIFSAN Core Certificate in Food Safety Risk Analysis

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