CoreSHIELD provides the web-based platform for the following secure portal systems, housing databases of current information regarding regulatory agencies, laboratories, and role-based contacts. CoreSHIELD was designed for scalability, enabling it to expand and integrate additional systems when and as needed. Due to the success of CoreSHIELD and its portals, other communities have recognized its utility in connecting individuals through a web-based Information Sharing Environment.
A secure online system, the FERN Portal extends the outreach and operational capabilities of the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN), a network of the nation's local, state, and federal food-testing laboratories. Containing member laboratory capability and contact information, as well as extensive collaboration functionality, the Portal is used for FERN-related activations, proficiency testing, and online meetings, helping FERN better respond to emergencies involving biological, chemical, or radiological contamination of food.
As the homeland security community’s primary point of contact with the nation’s colleges and universities, the DHS Office of University Programs enables partners to address critical homeland security needs through access to DHS Centers of Excellence research results and education programs. The HSUP portal, developed and maintained by FPDI, enhances the accessibility of these programs by providing a web-based information sharing system that enables close collaboration with the diverse COE community and facilitates information sharing among the COE’s numerous research partners.
The ICLN Portal was built to support the Integrated Consortium of Laboratory Networks (ICLN), a coordinated and operational system of laboratory networks that provide timely, high quality, and interpretable results for early detection and effective consequence management of acts of terrorism and other events requiring an integrated laboratory response. Use of this portal extends the outreach and operational capabilities of the ICLN and is essential to enabling the joint response capability of ICLN member networks.
The result of a collaborative effort between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state government partners, and the Food Protection and Defense Institute, the PETNet and LivestockNet portals facilitate sharing of information between Federal and State agencies, which can serve as an early alert for pet food and animal feed related incidents, such as illness associated with the consumption of a product or product defects. The information can be used by State and Federal regulators to determine how best to use investigative and laboratory resources to address adverse events associated with adulterated pet food or animal feed.
These Food Protection Taskforces consist of government, industry, academia, and consumer groups that create an effective state-wide infrastructure for outreach, response, and information sharing. The Taskforces, uniquely positioned within states as a convener of stakeholders in food safety, can and should be an effective solution within the greater national food protection framework. This cooperation has resulted in greater awareness of potential vulnerabilities, the creation of more effective prevention programs, new surveillance systems, and the ability to respond more quickly to outbreaks of foodborne illness.
The National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) is a coordinated State/Federal diagnostic lab network that provides critical assistance in rapidly detecting and responding to foreign and domestic disease outbreaks and animal health emergencies that threatens our nation’s food supply and public health. The NAHLN Portal was developed to allow laboratory data sharing through a secure online system, based on established standards that provide a consistent format by which all laboratories enter information, including proficiency test and assay performance results. Consistent data entry provides the basis for early detection of testing reagent and equipment inconsistencies as well as laboratory capacity assessment and comparison in the event of a disease outbreak or terrorist event.