Strategic Plan and Priorities

IFSAC priorities for 2024-2028 [PDF – 2 pages] outlines IFSAC focus areas for the next five years.

IFSAC’s Strategic Plan for 2017–2021 [PDF – 12 pages] outlines goals and objectives for the five-year period.


  1. Enhance the collection and quality of relevant source data
  2. Enhance the use of existing regulatory and foodborne illness surveillance data sources
  3. Incorporate genomic data and other novel data sources
  4. Explore ways to address key gaps in data quality, methods and models
  5. Develop new analytic approaches and models to maximize use of already available data
  6. Expand the availability of technical and scientific expertise through collaboration with internal and external partners
  7. Enhance relationships and engagement with both internal and external groups
  8. Improve the synthesis, interpretation and dissemination of analytical findings for multiple audiences

Action Plan

The IFSAC Action Plan [PDF – 5 pages] describes ongoing, new, and potential future projects that support the implementation of the 2017–2021 Strategic Plan.

Priority Pathogens

IFSAC identified four priority pathogens as the initial focus of projects:

  1. Salmonella
  2. E. coli O157:H7
  3. Listeria monocytogenes (Lm)
  4. Campylobacter

Previous IFSAC Strategic Plan

IFSAC’s Overview of Accomplishments for 2012–2016 [PDF – 16 pages] describes IFSAC’s progress on completing goals and objectives highlighted in the 2012–2016 Strategic Plan [PDF – 10 pages].