The list below shows upcoming webinars held by IAFP and IAFP’s Professional Development Groups (PDGs). Please note that all opinions and statements are those of the individual making the presentations and not necessarily the opinion or view of IAFP.

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  • Are You Fit Enough: What Does "Fit for Purpose" Mean to Me?

    Sponsored by: Eurofins Food Integrity and Innovation (formerly Covance Food Solutions)

    Organized by: The Methods Validation & Verification Interest sub-group of IAFP's Applied Laboratory Methods Professional Development Group (PDG)

    "Fit for purpose" is defined by ISO as the "degree to which data produced by a measurement process enables a user to make technically and administratively correct decisions for a stated purpose". Deciding whether a method is "fit for purpose" for your particular use can be tricky. In this webinar, we will explore what "fit for purpose" means in the real world from three different perspectives: product development, end user, and third-party testing lab.


    • Evan Henke, Presenter 3M
    • Larry Cohen, Presenter TreeHouse Foods
    • David Legan, Presenter Eurofins Food Integrity & Innovation
    • Megan Brown, Moderator Eurofins Food Integrity & Innovation
    • Stephanie Pollard, Moderator Clear Labs
  • Low Moisture (Low Water Activity) Foods: Microbiological Safety and Current Regulatory Requirements

    Organized by the IAFP Low Water Activity Foods Professional Development Group 

    The speakers will provide an overview of current food safety issues with low moisture (low water activity) foods and the evolving regulatory requirements for these products in view of the Food Safety Modernization Act. 

    At the completion of this webinar participants will be able to:

    1. Explain the importance of pathogen control for low-moisture foods
    2. Describe regulatory/FSMA requirements
    3. Provide examples of validation pitfalls
    4. Understand how to make a validation acceptable to a regulator


    • Dr. Bradley Marks, Presenter Michigan State University
    • Dr. Nathan Anderson, Presenter FDA
    • Dr. Harshavardhan Thippareddi, Moderator University of Georgia - Professor, Dept. of Poultry Science
  • Outcomes and Future Work of the AOAC ISPAM Harmonization Project

    Sponsored by: AOAC INTERNATIONAL and Microbiologics

    Organized by: Methods Validation & Verification Interest Group within the Applied Laboratory Methods PDG

    Description: AOAC INTERNATIONAL formed the International Stakeholder Panel on Alternative Methods (ISPAM) to develop harmonized, internationally accepted standard validation guidelines for alternative (rapid) chemical and microbiological methods by leveraging global networks of experts to reach consensus on an analytical validation protocol. The goal is to achieve optimal efficiency and avoid duplication of efforts in order to meet regulatory and product safety testing requirements. ISPAM as a whole is made up of 60+ member stakeholders comprised of a vetted balanced group and representative stakeholders from industry, government, academia and international organizations, demonstrate stakeholder consensus to approve or not the recommendations of the working groups.

    The global marketplace has put significant pressure on Method Developers to validate their new technologies via several different certification organizations, all of which have their own unique components to consider in a study design, there continues to be a wealth of support across the industry to harmonize across several reference methods, validation guidelines and procedures.

    This session will present the evolution of Harmonized validation guidelines through the ISPAM initiatives, where we are currently aligned and where we need to go from here. Perspectives on what potential activities can be achieved through ISPAM collaborations through global interlaboratory studies and verifications for a more globally representative set of food commodities will also be discussed.


    • Erin Crowley, Presenter Chief Scientific Officer, Q Laboratories
    • DeAnn L. Benesh, Presenter Global Regulatory Affairs Manager, 3M Food Safety
    • Stephanie Pollard, Moderator Clear Labs