FAQ for Training

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.

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Why does JIFSAN offer training courses?

I. Mission
To advance sound strategies to improve public health, food safety, and applied nutrition using risk analysis principles through collaborative research, education, and outreach programs.

II. Vision
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 incidences of food-related illness.

III. Key Objectives

  • a. Increase the global knowledge of effective, available practices that promote food safety throughout the supply chain.
  • b. Enhance the development and promote the use of risk analysis models and tools for decision making processes associated with food safety and applied nutrition.
  • c. Promote collaborative research efforts related to risk analysis, food safety, and applied nutrition.
  • d. Broaden the research educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at University of Maryland.
  • e. Promote the development of private and public partnerships to improve food safety.

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What food safety risk analysis courses are offered by JIFSAN?

Currently, all courses are being held via Zoom.

Core Courses:
The Core Courses teach the fundamental terminology, knowledge and approaches used in risk analysis. This competency is essential for all food safety professionals.

Specialized Courses:

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Where are classes offered?

For the 2022 Summer Integrated Program (SIP) all courses will be held via Zoom

Depending on the number of registrants, classes are offered either on-site at the JIFSAN facility located adjacent to the University of Maryland College Park campus or one of our partner hotel and conference facilities. This information is available at the time of registration. Lodging is NOT included in the price of your registration. You are responsible for making your own lodging reservations. When the course is conducted at an offsite hotel and conference center it is HIGHLY recommended you make arrangements to stay at that facility and ensure availability prior to registering for a course.

Do you offer customized or personalized training programs?

JIFSAN has developed customized in classroom and online training courses on risk analysis to meet the needs of selected groups of professionals with specific needs. If you would be interested in a customized training program, please contact Clare Narrod at cnarrod@umd.edu.

When is the registration deadline?

Generally, the registration deadline is two weeks before the start date of a class, however there are a limited number of spots for each class and the classes are filled on a first come first served basis. Therefore, you should complete the registration and payment process as early as possible for each class in order to reserve your spot. Registration is not considered complete until full payment is received. Your registration may be cancelled if the class fills before full payment is received.

Are materials (books, notepads, pens, etc.) included in the registration fee?

All materials will be provided through PDF documents for classes held via Zoom

For classes that we host we provide to you a pen, notepad and course textbook. We also provide laptop computers for use during quantitative courses that have all necessary software pre-loaded. These laptop computers must remain in the classroom at all time and cannot be removed from our facilities.

How do I obtain a certificate of completion?

For classes held via Zoom, certificates will be sent electronically after course completion.

Each participant will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the last day of the course.

How much does it cost?

Each course has a different cost, detailed pricing can be found on our registration page.

Do you offer any discounts?

We offer discounts when you register for our Core Program or pay in full before March 31st of the course year.

When is payment due?

You should complete the registration and payment process as early as possible for each class in order to reserve your spot. Registration is not considered complete until full payment is received. Your registration may be cancelled if the class fills before full payment is received. For online courses, participants will not receive login information until payment is received. Please keep in mind your registration is not complete until your balance is paid in full. We have a limited number of seats and in order to reserve a seat all dues must be paid in full. If you have registered but not paid you are not guaranteed a seat.

JIFSAN prefers credit card payments at the time of registration however other payment methods are accepted. These include but are not limited to Wire Transfers, Purchase Orders, Checks, etc., for more details please email us. In some instances, JIFSAN may request a credit card to hold your registration if another payment method is delayed. Specific instructions are available when you register.

What is your cancellation policy?

International Registrants: Advance payment in full is required to process international applications. If we have not received payment two weeks before the start of an on-site class, we reserve the right to cancel your registration.

Late Fees:
An additional fee of US $50.00 will be assessed for those who register after the registration deadline. Your registration may also be automatically cancelled if we have not received payment by this date to make room for those who are on the wait list.

Cancellation and Substitution Policy

  • Up to 31 days prior to course start date: Refund of amount paid minus US$50.00 processing fee
  • 30 days to 7 days prior to course start date: Refund 50% of amount paid
  • Less than 7 days prior to course start date: No Refund
  • All Registration fees will be fully refunded in the unlikely event JIFSAN cancels the course.
  • Substitutions are accepted at any time before the course starts. Please contact Program Coordinator Judy Cooper at jkcooper@umd.edu in advance to notify us of any substitutions. There are no fees for substitutions.

Can I transfer my registration to another person or course date?

Substitutions are accepted at any time before the course starts. Please contact Judy Cooper at jkcooper@umd.edi in advance to notify us of any substitutions. There are no fees for substitutions.

What payment methods do you accept?

You can pay with any major credit card online when you register for the class. You can also make arrangements for other types of payments (check, wire transfer, etc.) instructions will be provided when you register.

What time do classes start and end?

Start times for classes held via Zoom will be announced dependent on the instructor and class participant distribution across time zones.

What do I need to do in order to prepare for the class?

Some courses require a basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel. You may want to familiarize yourself with our course description page so you can come fully prepared. These tutorials are related to the week-long Quantitative courses.

Whom do I contact if I have questions or problems?

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Judy Cooper by email at jkcooper@umd.edu.

Successful Course Completion & Certificate Requirements

Participants are expected to attend each day of the course in order to be awarded a certificate of completion.

Payment Policy

Food Safety Risk Analysis Training Program Payment Options

  • 1. Credit Cards – to be processed over our PCI compliant secure registration server. Please allow 4-6 business days for all transactions to post. All transactions will appear on your statement as “UMCP Conference & Visitor.” (a) MasterCard (b) Visa (c) American Express (d) Discover
  • 2. Check (US Dollars) a. Checks should be made payable to “University of Maryland” b. Please include a copy of the confirmation letter with your check to identify the registrant. c. Send your payment to: University of Maryland, Conferences & Visitor Services –Erin Mosley,
    Conferences & Visitor Services
    Department of Student Affairs
    University of Maryland
    7777 Baltimore Ave.
    College Park, MD 20740
  • 3. Purchase Order (a) If you are requesting an official invoice for payment, you must submit a purchase order or training authorization form identifying where and to whom our invoice should be directed to. (b) We will not process nor be able to provide an invoice until we receive a purchase order. c. Purchase orders can be emailed to jifsancourses@umd.edu
  • 4. Wire Transfer (a) Download detailed instructions on how to process your bank/wire transfer here. (b) Submit a copy of your wire transmittal document showing your transfer via email to jifsancourses@umd.edu

Any questions regarding payment should be directed to Erin Mosley at jifsancourses@umd.edu or 301-314-0324.