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Who should take the course?

  • Workers at Actionable Process Steps (e.g., front line food workers)

  • Supervisors of Workers at Actionable Process Steps

  • Any stakeholder interested in learning more about the IA rule requirement

Delivery Methods

  • Asynchronous Learning: 100% self-paced online delivery with no Lead Instructors present physically or virtually. Estimated seat time: 20 - 30 minutes.


Follow these steps to access the free FSPCA Food Defense Awareness for the IA Rule online course:

  1. Review the Course Requirements and Details

  2. Click this link: Food Defense Awareness 

  3. Log in with username: FSPCA.free1 and password:

  4. Click My Courses and select Resume

  5. Select the Click to Begin button

FSPCA Food Defense Awareness for the IA Rule Course


The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act rule: Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (21 CFR Part 121) (IA Rule) requires that covered facilities develop and implement a food defense plan that protects the facility’s most vulnerable points from acts of intentional adulteration intended to cause wide scale public health harm. The points in a facilities operation that have these significant vulnerabilities are called “actionable process steps”. According to the IA rule, individuals assigned to work at actionable process steps, and their supervisors, are required to receive training in food defense awareness (21 CFR 121.4(b)(2)). 

This “Food Defense Awareness for the Intentional Adulteration Rule” is designed specifically for those individuals and will meet the food defense awareness training requirement within the IA rule. 


  • The training requirement in the IA rule is flexible, and individuals may choose this training or a similar food defense awareness training to satisfy this requirement.

  • An FSPCA Certificate of successful completion is issued at the end of the course that you must print immediately. This is the only time the certificate is available to be printed (no record is retained). 

FSPCA Food Defense Awareness for the IA Rule Online Course PDF

The FSPCA Intentional Adulteration online course PDFs are being made available publicly in keeping with transparency of FSPCA course material. However, the PDF versions do not represent the full experience of participating in the online courses.


Please Note

  • If applicable, this public PDF version of the course does not include the assessments, course interactions, or videos.

  • FSPCA course certificates are only issued at the completion of the full online courses.

  • The transcripts (words spoken during the online course) are included at the end of the PDFs rather than interspersed throughout as in the full online versions.

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