2014 Continuation Subcommittee Meeting SummariesJanuary, 3, 2014
The subcommittee discussed issues regarding translating course material into Chinese and Spanish, Certificate Security, Course Review Criteria, Instructor Criteria, Appeals Process, Printing and Distributing of Manuals, and Animal Course Certificates. In connection with the Business Plan, the Committee will consult with appropriate entities (e.g. IFPTI, AFDO) to flesh out the protocol and affected sections of the Business Plan. In furtherance of the Outreach Plan, a form for the SME database will be created, and existing databases will be gathered for reference and to help determine how to best set up the FSPCA form/database. Instructor solicitation for the initial train-the-trainer course was discussed in depth along with possible methods to finance travel costs
January 17, 2014
The subcommittee discussed the IFPTI and IFSH meeting to advance the projects in the Gantt chart and additional training documents that should be considered. The Proposed Food Defense Rules were also discussed including Economically Motivated Adulterations, and the development of additional modules.
January 31, 2014
The subcommittee discussed the recent release of the Proposed Rule for Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration and agreed that it is important to make sure the requirements and expectations are identified and that training approaches are harmonized as much as possible.
Work continues on the development of the draft Protocol and Outreach Plan. New drafts are expected to be available at the next subcommittee meeting on February 14th.
Lastly, the upcoming Shakedown was discussed including the current count of invitees, the objective of the Shakedown, the process for choosing invitees and the opportunity for invitees to be utilized for future train-the-trainer and pilot sessions.
February 14, 2014
Updates on the Animal Foods Rules were given: 1) 6 editors are editing the human foods curriculum to be appropriate for animal foods and 2) the expected publication of final rules for both human and animal foods are on the same schedule. A draft “Instructor Candidate Profile Form” was shared and edits were suggested. Administrative roles and curriculum student feedback mechanisms were discussed and will be added to the draft Protocol for further review.
February 28, 2014
The Subcommittee is continuing development of the Business Plan/Protocol, SME Database Form and Outreach Plan. New final rule deadlines (Human Preventive Controls: August 2015; Intentional Adulteration Rule: May 2016) were noted.
March 14, 2014
The Subcommittee reviewed the FSPCA Instructor Responsibilities document. Suggested additions and edits will be incorporated into the next draft. SME and Instructor Candidate Forms were circulated as well and feedback was encouraged. Translation sources and possible funding opportunities continue to be researched.
April 11, 2014
The focus of the call centered on preparing materials for the upcoming Shakedown in May. SME and Instructor Forms, Outreach Plan, Instructor Steps and the existing PowerPoint will be updated and made available, in the form of handouts, at the Shakedown. The subcommittee agreed that train-the-trainer pilot sessions will follow after the Shakedown session to ensure trainers are ready to instruct once final rules are published. Discussions on how to better communicate FSPCA progress to the public included the use of social media avenues and quarterly webinars.
April 25, 2014
Preparations of materials for the upcoming Shakedown in May were discussed. As previously noted, the SME and Instructor Forms, Outreach Plan, Instructor Steps and the existing PowerPoint will be updated and made available, in the form of handouts, at the Shakedown. The Committee requested the Executive Committee secure legal language development for all Alliance communications.
May 9, 2014
Discussions centered on the Lead Instructor and SME Application Forms. Progress continues to be made with the goal of sharing those documents at the Shakedown for further input. The Subcommittee was asked to further review the Instructor Information Steps Narrative and provide editing suggestions.
June 6, 2014
The outcome of the Shakedown was discussed and Subcommittee members were asked to review the SME and Lead Instructor forms shared and collected at that meeting. Priorities were identified, including 1) revising SME and Lead Instructor forms, 2) obtaining legal disclaimers, and 3) reworking the Instructor Narrative.
Guest, Craig Kaml, Ed.D, gave a presentation on the types and purposes of course assessments. The Continuation/Outreach Subcommittee continues to discuss the need for assessments as part of the training. Kathy Gombas, the new FDA point of contact for Technical Assistance, was invited to this and future Continuation/Outreach Subcommittee meetings. The Subcommittee recommended reactivation of the Website Subcommittee to create a strategy and timeline for a Q&A section of the FSPCA website.
August 29, 2014
Summary to come.
September 12, 2014
The Continuation Subcommittee discussed the draft SME Application online form and timeline. Based on feedback from the September Face-to-Face Steering Committee meeting, the form continues to be developed and refined. A Sub-Working Group was established to develop the SME Criteria. Further action items were identified, including, 1) the formation of a SME Selection Committee, 2) development of criteria for the Selection Committee and, 3) the process the Committee will follow when reviewing SME applicants. Marketing the call for SME applicants was discussed and talking points are being gathered for strategy. A list of items that should be considered in the FSPCA budget over the next 2 years was developed and will be reviewed by the Subcommittee.
Summary to come.