IFSAC’s charter [PDF – 7 pages] documents and defines IFSAC’s operational process as well as its organizational structure and responsibilities.
IFSAC Operational Process
- Identify, prioritize, and coordinate cross-cutting analytical needs related to food safety and foodborne illness
- Identify, develop, and implement specific analytic projects that address needs. Execute identified collaborative projects, with continuous monitoring of data quality and use, analyses, and related research activities.
- Steering Committee (SC):
- Consists of two senior members from each agency.
- Meets regularly to review and prioritize project proposals and deliverables as well as to provide feedback and technical direction on analytical projects.
- Ensures that sufficient personnel resources are available.
- Ensures that projects are on track to meet both IFSAC and individual agency needs.
- Technical Workgroup (TWG):
- Consists of team members from each agency who are experts in their respective fields, including epidemiology, statistics, food policy, public health, and microbiology, and other disciplines.
- Forms tri-agency project teams to conduct analyses and report results, and meets regularly to discuss projects, plan project details, and determine next steps.
- Communications Workgroup (CWG):
- Consists of at least two people from each agency, including at least one TWG member, and individual agency communication specialists
- Advises the IFSAC SC and TWG on the development and implementation of communication materials.
- Coordinates with Agency communications specialists to ensure harmonization of communication materials and messaging.
- Coordinates with IFSAC project teams to develop communication materials for external audiences, including conference materials, manuscripts, webinars, and press releases, among other materials.
- Coordinates and responds to media or other external inquires.