National Voluntary Environmental Assessment Information System (NVEAIS)
Register for CDC’s new National Voluntary Environmental Assessment Information System (NVEAIS).
By registering for the system, you can participate in a national effort to systematically collect, analyze, interpret, and disseminate environmental data from foodborne illness outbreak investigations. The system will provide food safety program officials with information to
- Take food safety actions and assess effectiveness,
- Support program evaluation,
- Develop or modify program policies or regulations based on sound epidemiologic data,
- Train environmental health specialists about environmental causes related to foodborne illness outbreaks, and
- Help prevent foodborne illness outbreaks associated with restaurants and other food venues (such as banquet facilities, schools, and other institutions).
States and Localities with a Food Regulatory Program – Register to Use NVEAIS
CDC will grant states and localities access to the system when they complete the steps listed on the NVEAIS Participation page.
Why Participating in NVEAIS Is Important
Data collected in NVEAIS will help CDC and other public health professionals determine and understand the primary causes of outbreaks. Users will submit data about foodborne illness outbreaks, which will improve response to and prevention of future outbreaks. Analysis of the data will help to determine how and why outbreaks occur. CDC will use data from NVEAIS to
- Recommend actions for food safety programs
- Share findings with food safety programs, food industries, and academia
The recommendations and sharing of findings should increase effectiveness of food safety programs, increase food safety, and decrease foodborne illness. By participating in NVEAIS, you can help identify the environmental causes of foodborne illness outbreaks and reduce future outbreaks.
In addition, participating in NVEAIS can also improve public health practice by
- Providing a standardized, detailed reporting avenue for food safety programs to capture needed information.
- Establishing a sound epidemiological basis for disease prevention activities.
Visit the Background page for more information on environmental assessments and the importance of finding the underlying environmental causes of foodborne illness outbreaks.
e-Learning Training on Environmental Assessments of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks: A Helpful Tool for NVEAIS Users
CDC created a free course titled e-Learning on Environmental Assessment of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks. This e-learning course is recommended as a precursor for those who wish to participate in NVEAIS, though it is not required. By taking this course, users will gain knowledge to help enhance the quality of data reported into NVEAIS and better understand terminology, agency roles and responsibilities, and the connection of the environment to foodborne illness.
Visit e-Learning on Environmental Assessment of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks for more information on the free e-learning course.