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FOOD SAFETY provides a structure for documenting staff competency and completed training that can be used to meet compliance to the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard. As many states face retirements at senior-level positions, LCF can also serve as a way to retain and transfer knowledge. Curriculum Framework APHL and its partners have made much progress on LCF. The Entry Level content areas are complete, with competency statements and behavioral anchors (what the laboratorian should be able to explain or demonstrate to meet the competency statement) developed and all competency statements validated (Figure 3). The Entry Level Program-specific content areas are complete and APHL is working with the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) to validate the Entry Level Program-specific content areas’ competency statements. The Mid-Level General content areas have all competencies developed, and behavioral anchors were developed in spring 2020. Course Development APHL is developing online courses for the Entry Level content areas on LCF. While not all competencies can be assessed by an online modality, supplemental training may be created in the future to ensure training is available to address all competencies. Five to ten courses will be developed each year, with the Entry Level general content area courses completed before the Entry Level Program-specific courses (Figure 2). We anticipate that the first four courses will be available in summer 2020. The LCF Workgroup has representation from a multitude of stakeholders. This multi-agency approach ensures buy-in from partners and applicability across organizations. It includes representatives from: • APHL n Course completed n Course under development n Course for future development E1 Accreditation/Certification E2 Basic Communication Skills E3 Basic Laboratory Math E4 Basic Laboratory Statistics E5 Basic Laboratory Techniques E6 Chain of Custody • US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) • US Department of Agriculture (USDA) • Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) E7 Laboratory Ethics E8 Incident Command System (ICS) E9 Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS) E10 Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) E11 Laboratory Sampling E12 Method Resources Figure 2: Entry Level Course Development Progress as of June 2020 Brainstorming Grouping Figure 3: LCF Competency Development Process Developing Competency Statements • Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) • International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) • Department of Defense (DoD) E13 Public Health (One Health) Approach E14 Quality Management Systems Developing Behavioral Anchors E15 Regulatory Programs E16 Regulatory Sampling E17 Laboratory Safety E18 Waste Management Chart Competency Statements • International partners, such as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada. APHL would like to thank the members of the LCF Workgroup who have devoted many years to the development of this framework and the capture of important knowledge for our laboratory community. n PublicHealthLabs @APHL APHL.org Spring 2020 LAB MATTERS 13