Thank you for your interest in joining AFDOSS!  All memberships are individually-based and run on a calendar year from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. We are an active association responsive to the needs of its membership and we welcome any and all interested food protection professionals.

What are the benefits?

Joining AFDOSS isn’t just joining another association — you become part of a family of food protection professionals! AFDOSS prides itself on its excellent networking, engaged participation of members, and impressive spheres of influence. Our active members and committee groups derive a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction as they contribute to an integrated food safety system and to the success of their professional association. As a member of AFDOSS, you can influence and voice your opinion on national policy decisions! We encourage you to learn more about the national Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO), and become an active member of both organizations. Also learn more about the AFDO & AFDOSS Committees and see where your interests and talents can lend themselves to advancing the charges of these dedicated work-groups.

Additionally, members enjoy the benefits of an Annual Educational Seminar. The three-day event includes exhibitors, universities, consumers, industry, and regulatory representatives to learn and discuss relevant developments, materials, techniques, topics and issues spanning food, drugs & devices, environmental health, consumer affairs and laboratory areas. Additionally, AFDOSS partners with other associations and organizations to provide members with training opportunities throughout the year, and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are issued for many sessions.

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Available to heads of the departments and persons under their supervision and direction, employed by departments or units in federal, state, county, municipal or other levels of government charged with enforcement of food or product safety, laws, ordinances or regulations in the states comprising the Association.


Otherwise known as our “Industry Membership,” this level is available to all persons who are affiliated with the food industry, academic organizations, or professions maintaining an interest in the objectives of the Association.


Available to members who, prior to retirement, qualified for Regular or Associate membership.


Available to Regular members who have been nominated by the Executives and approved by the Associate in recognition of their substantial contribution to the achievements of the objectives of the Association.