With the initial phase in of its Public Health Information System (PHIS) this week, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has made available the directives relating to the program.

•5000.1 Verifying an Establishment’s Food Safety System
•5000.4 Prioritized Scheduling of Food Safety Assessments (FSAs) Using the Public Health Information System (PHIS)
•5220.1 Granting or Refusing Inspection; Voluntary Suspending or Withdrawing Inspection; and Restoring Inspection under PHIS
•5220.3 Issuance of a Ten-Day Letter for Inactive Operations
•5300.1 Managing the Establishment Profile in the Public Health Information Systems
•6100.1 Ante-Mortem Livestock Inspection
•6100.2 Post-Mortem Livestock Inspection
•6100.3 Ante-Mortem and Post-Mortem Poultry Inspection
•6170.1 Ratite Ante-Mortem and Post-Mortem Inspection
•6410.1 Verifying Sanitary Dressing and Process Control Procedures in Slaughter Operations of Cattle of Any Age
•6420.2 Verification of Procedures for Controlling Fecal Material, Ingesta, and Milk in Slaughter Operations
•13000.1 Scheduling In-Plant Inspection Tasks in the Public Health Information System
•13000.2 Performing Sampling Tasks in Official Establishments Using the Public Health Information System

In addition to these directives, FSIS has issued two notices relating to the program–FSIS Notice 17-11 “Public Health Information System (PHIS) Transition” provides supplementary instructions to inspection program personnel for performing inspection verification, certifications, and record keeping activities during the transition period and FSIS Notice 18-11 “Managing Sample Collection When Operating the Public Health Information System (PHIS) in the Disconnected State” provid es inspection program personnel with instructions on how to manage the scheduling and performance of FSIS sampling tasks when their assignments require them to operate PHIS in a disconnected (lack of internet connectivity) state. The PHIS directives and notices are available at

In addition to these directives, FSIS has issued two notices relating to the program–FSIS Notice 17-11 “Public Health Information System (PHIS) Transition” provides supplementary instructions to inspection program personnel for performing inspection verification, certifications, and record keeping activities during the transition period and FSIS Notice 18-11 “Managing Sample Collection When Operating the Public Health Information System (PHIS) in the Disconnected State” provid es inspection program personnel with instructions on how to manage the scheduling and performance of FSIS sampling tasks when their assignments require them to operate PHIS in a disconnected (lack of internet connectivity) state. The PHIS directives and notices are available at In addition to these directives, FSIS has issued two notices relating to the program–FSIS Notice 17-11 “Public Health Information System (PHIS) Transition” provides supplementary instructions to inspection program personnel for performing inspection verification, certifications, and record keeping activities during the transition period and FSIS Notice 18-11 “Managing Sample Collection When Operating the Public Health Information System (PHIS) in the Disconnected State” provid es inspection program personnel with instructions on how to manage the scheduling and performance of FSIS sampling tasks when their assignments require them to operate PHIS in a disconnected (lack of internet connectivity) state. The PHIS directives and notices are available at www.fsis.usda.gov/Regulations_&_Policies/PHIS_Directives/index.asp.