FSPCA Conducting Vulnerability Assessments Course


1 Day On-Site Training
Square One, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST

Please note, we highly recommend to take the following FSPCA Courses prior to attending this training:

1) FSPCA IA Conducting Vulnerability Assessments Using the KAT Method 

2) FSPCA Identification and Explanation of Mitigation Strategies Course

Conducting Vulnerability Assessments Course
Please book your travel arrangements after confirmation from FIC.


This course will provide participants with the knowledge to implement the requirements of conducting a vulnerability assessment under the Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (IA) regulation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This regulation is one of a number of regulations and guidance that implement the provisions of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which focuses on safe food practices.

The Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration regulation (referred to as the IA rule) is aimed at preventing intentional adulteration from acts intended to cause wide-scale harm to public health, including acts of terrorism targeting the food supply. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “food defense qualified individual” who has successfully completed training in the conduct of a vulnerability assessment. This course developed by the FSPCA is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “food defense qualified individual” responsible for conducting a vulnerability assessment.

These courses are taught by Lead Instructors trained by the FSPCA, who have been instructed in how to teach the FDA-recognized standardized curriculum.


Bita Saidi

FSPCA Lead Instructor for PCQI, FSVP, IAVA  

Co-instructor: Sonia Akbarzadeh,  


Food Defense Coordinator

QA Directors and Managers

QA/Production Supervisors

Operations Managers

SQF/BRC Practitioners and Auditors

HACCP Coordinators

Food Safety Technicians


Course manual 

Exercise workbook and answer key

Official FSPCA IA Conducting Vulnerability Assessments Certificate Issued by AFDO

Mississauga, ON, Canada
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