The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced its intention enter a cooperative agreement with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF). Under the cooperative agreement, the FDA will award STDF a grant of $750,000 to support STDF activities for one year, with the possibility of additional support for four more years.

Under § 305 of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the FDA was tasked with developing a plan to expand the technical, scientific, and regulatory food safety capacity of foreign governments, and their respective food industries, from which foods are exported to the United States. The grant to STDF is part of the FDA’s efforts to comply with this obligation.

The STDF is a global partnership that supports developing countries in building their capacity to implement international sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards, guidelines and recommendations. The STDF provides capacity evaluation tools, shares best practices, and provides financial assistance to developing countries for the purpose of facilitating trade.