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FDA Announces a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Retail Program Standards Mentorship Program

Posted on September 07, 2018

Blog: Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO)

September 05, 2018

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) invites all retail food regulatory programs to submit applications to participate in a mentorship program with their peers to learn, share experiences, and acquire tools and resources related to the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards). This initiative is funded by a cooperative agreement between NACCHO and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Access application materials.

Mentorship Program Objectives

The overall objective of the mentorship program, now in its eighth year, is to match retail food regulatory program practitioners experienced in applying the Retail Program Standards with retail food regulatory programs newly or currently enrolled in the Retail Program Standards that are looking for assistance, guidance, tools and resources, and recommendations for conducting a self-assessment, achieving a specific standard, or achieving multiple standards.

This opportunity will provide capacity building among retail food regulatory programs participating in the NACCHO Mentorship Program. Additionally, the program will help strengthen relationships between retail food regulatory programs and the FDA.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Informational Webinars: NACCHO and FDA staff will host two optional webinars for interested applicants on Thursday, September 13 from 1:00-1:30pm ET and Tuesday, October 2 from 1:00-1:30pm ET. Access the webinars here, and dial in to ask questions: 866-740-1260; passcode: 5074221.
  • Application Deadline: October 12, 2018, 8:00pm ET

Requests for Application (RFAs)

There are two separate RFAs that can be used to apply for the Mentorship Program. Applicants interested in serving as a mentor are encouraged to respond to the Request for Applications to Become a Mentor, and applicants interested in serving as a mentees are encouraged to respond to the Request for Applications to Receive Mentorship.


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