Intentional Adulteration Conducting Vulnerability Assessments (IAVA) Course

Course Duration: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Time Zone Conversion
8:00 a.m. CT = 9:00 a.m. ET / 6:00 a.m. PT
8:00 a.m. PT = 11:00 a.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. CT

System Requirements: Webcam, microphone and speakers

In this 1-day Live-Virtual FSPCA Intentional Adulteration Vulnerability Assessments (IAVA) course, participants delve into the core components essential for conducting a vulnerability assessment that aligns with FDA requirements for Food Defense Plan Preparation. Upon successful completion of this training, individuals gain the necessary skills to fulfill the FDA's Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule.

The IA rule is designed to safeguard against intentional adulteration and potential harm to public health, including acts of terrorism targeting the food supply. This regulatory framework mandates specific activities to be undertaken by a "Food Defense Qualified Individual" (FDQI)

This course is the “standardized curriculum” developed by the FSPCA and recognized by the FDA. Successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “Food Defense Qualified Individual” responsible for conducting a vulnerability assessment.

345.00 USD

Certificate Fee Included, Tax Free

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Who Needs To Take This Course

  • Domestic and foreign companies that are required to register with the FDA as food facilities under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act.

  • Food Defense Coordinators

  • QA Managers

  • Production Supervisors

  • Operations Managers

  • SQF/BRC Practitioners and Auditors

  • HACCP Coordinators

  • Food Safety Technicians

  • Auditors

Bita Saidi

Bita Saidi

FSCPA Lead Instructor
Nima Saidi

Nima Saidi


Bita's outstanding contributions have secured her in the "FSPCA 1,000 Club". This club recognizes FSPCA Lead Instructors who have collectively trained over 1,000 FSPCA course participants across the four FSPCA training curricula; PCQI for Human Food, Animal Food, FSVP and IAVA, leading to the issuance of FSPCA certificates.

What's Included

  • Fillable Forms for Conducting Vulnerability Assessments

  • FSPCA Course Manual

  • FSPCA Exercise workbook and answer key


  • Overview of Food Defense Measures

  • Key Activity Types (KATs)

  • Preliminary Steps for Developing a Food Defense Plan

  • Inherent Characteristics

  • Considering the Inside Attacker

  • The 3 Fundamental Element Approach for conducting a Vulnerability Assessments;

    • Potential Public Health Impact

    • Degree of Physical Access to Product

    • The Ability of an Attacker to Successfully Contaminate Product

  • Identifying Actionable Process Steps (APSs)

  • The Hybrid Approach

  • Mitigation Strategies Introduction

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