Important AEC Call for Abstracts and NEHA-FDA RFFM Portal Dates Announced

2022 NEHA AEC2022 AEC Call For Abstracts Now Open Through September 27

NEHA is pleased to announce that the Call for Abstracts for the 2022 Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition is now open. This year’s theme is Safeguarding a Road Less Traveled.

NEHA invites you to submit an abstract for consideration for the 2022 AEC, scheduled to take place in person in Spokane, Washington, on June 28–July 1, 2022. By presenting at the NEHA AEC you will provide the audience with practical skills and knowledge they can take back to implement in their own jurisdictions and departments. 

The education and networking provided during the AEC has earned it the reputation as the premiere conference for individuals working in the environmental health profession. We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to provide unique insights and share your experience, expertise, knowledge, and research.
The 2022 AEC Call for Abstracts will be open from August 23–September 27, 2021.
To submit your abstract online, please view our abstract submission guidelines and review the list of 2022 AEC tracts and disciplines.
Visit the 2022 AEC website for more details about the conference. Check back frequently for the latest conference news and announcements.

Learn more about submitting an abstract for the 2022 AEC

The NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program Application Portal Will Open September 9–November 15


The NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program Application Portal will open soon! The following are important dates to remember regarding the 2021 application timeline:

September 1, 2021: Portal opens for registration
September 9, 2021: Portal opens for application
November 15, 2021: Portal closes (7:59 p.m. EDT) 

To review four actions that can be taken right now to start preparing a successful application this fall, visit our NEHA-FDA RFFM webpage. These actions are:

  1. Enrollment in the Retail Program Standards
  2. Determining your eligibility, and choosing an application track that meets the capacity needs and Retail Program Standards goals of your jurisdiction
  3. Understanding the two types of base grants and the four optional add-on grants
  4. Completing a Comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan (CSIP) to be attached to your base grant application

Each action will provide retail food regulatory agencies with clear, visual, step-by-step guidance for successfully navigating the NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program and preparing each individual component of the application. Three additional actions as well as a detailed Grant Guidance downloadable document will be added to the webpage soon. 

As a helpful resource, FDA will host their 2021 Retail Food Protection Seminar on September 13–16, which will feature four different NEHA-FDA RFFM workshops on September 16 (1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m. EDT). The workshops will include information on creating a Comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan, creating a Project Implementation Plan, submitting a grant application, and using optional resources to navigate the NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program. This event is free and available to anyone interested in retail food safety, including SLTT regulators, standardized officers, industry, and academia. This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking to better understand the NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program. Learn more and register here.

For additional questions, please feel free to contact our support team. We are here to help:​
NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program Support Team

Toll-free: (833) 575-2404



Release Date: 
Monday, August 23, 2021