FDA FERN Microbiological Cooperative Agreement Continuation Program RFA-FD-12-018 (Reissue of PAR-09-215) PROJECT SUMMARY The Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories (BOL) will maintain a cooperative agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the FDA FERN Microbiological Cooperative Agreement Program (Program Announcement: RFA-FD-12-018, reissue of PAR-09-215). The BOL will conduct analyses of food and food-related samples to provide expanded laboratory capacity to the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN). FERN will provide samples, instrumentation, test procedures, training and proficiency testing. The BOL will maintain capacity to test a minimum of 100 samples per week and a minimum of 500 samples per year. Testing will be performed for the purposes of surveillance, food emergency outbreak response, and large-scale food emergency event surge capacity.

Public Health Relevance

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories (BOL) will continue a cooperative agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the FDA FERN Microbiological Cooperative Agreement Program (Program Announcement: RFA-FD-12-018, a reissue of PAR-09-215). The BOL will conduct analyses of food and food-related samples to provide expanded laboratory capacity to the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN). Testing will be performed for the purposes of surveillance, food emergency outbreak response, and large-scale food emergency event surge capacity.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Type
Research Demonstration--Cooperative Agreements (U18)
Project #
5U18FD003866-06
Application #
8722350
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZFD1)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
6
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Name
Pennsylvania State Department of Health
Department
Type
DUNS #
City
Harrisburg
State
PA
Country
United States
Zip Code
17120