Call for Abstracts: Retail Program Standards Symposium 2024

The Retail Program Standards Symposium 2024 (RPSS) is accepting abstract submissions through January 19, 2024.

The 2024 Retail Program Standards Symposium will be held virtually April 16-18. There is no cost to attend. The symposium was established to provide support and education for retail food safety jurisdictions at State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) levels, whether just beginning with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards) or maintaining conformance.

This year’s symposium will offer three tracks catering to different experience levels with the Retail Program Standards. Submissions are being accepted to participate in the following sessions:

Track 1: New to the Retail Program Standards

  • Low Hanging Fruit: Determining Where to Begin (60 min) Module designed for jurisdictions just starting out in the Retail Program Standards to help them cut through the confusion and determine where to begin.
  • Leveraging Leadership Buy In (60 min) Leadership buy-in is crucial to a jurisdiction’s success with the Retail Program Standards. This presentation shares one jurisdiction’s approach to leveraging leadership buy-in for their program.

Track 2: Somewhat experienced with the Retail Program Standards

  • Using the RPS to Build Uniformity into your Program (60 min) This session covers how jurisdictions can utilize the Retail Program Standards to build uniformity into food safety systems.

Track 3: Highly experienced with the Retail Program Standards

  • Standard 9 (focus on Intervention Strategy; how, why, are they appropriate?) (60 min) This series of presentations focuses on how three jurisdictions designed and measured interventions when working on Standard 9. We will accept three abstracts for this session.

Abstract submissions close at 11:59pm on January 19.