eLEXNET: Integrating the Food Safety System
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Electronic Laboratory Exchange Network (eLEXNET) is a secure network that allows health officials from multiple government agencies to access and analyze human and animal food testing results from state and federal laboratories.
APHL Involvement with eLEXNET
APHL is collaborating with FDA, the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) to strengthen and integrate human and animal food testing data with eLEXNET.
Since 2012, APHL has:
- Examined the status of human and animal food testing laboratory data exchange in a discovery document that identifies gaps in capability and suggests next steps for improving an integrated food safety system. FDA has used this document to plan outreach activities, design pilot projects and prioritize future upgrades to eLEXNET.
- Fielded surveys to collect information about eLEXNET use and informatics capacity among laboratories that perform human and animal food testing.
- Created the National User Group, made up of laboratory and IT leaders, epidemiologists, regulatory officials and state agencies to provide FDA a resource on issues of information management, vocabulary and messaging standards, and data exchange at human and animal food testing laboratories.
- Raised awareness of eLEXNET and its vital role in an integrated food safety system through outreach. This included a training program from 2015 - 2017 to introduce state laboratorians, epidemiologists and risk assessors to the eLEXNET system.