2024 AFDOSS Conference

September 8-11, 2024

The Park Vista – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

705 Cherokee Orchard Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

This will be an in-person event, open to any food safety professionals and policymakers in local/state/federal government, industry, and academic sectors.

Visit Gatlinburg App – Available for Apple and Google Play


The AFDOSS Board is pleased to present the draft agenda for the 2024 Annual Educational Conference. The agenda has not been finalized, so please check back here again for updates as they become available.

2024 AEC Agenda (Draft 5/21/24)

Conference Registration

Conference registration is NOW OPEN, and is available via our membership platform, Wild Apricot. To register, please click this link – REGISTER HERE.

Please ensure your membership status for 2024 is up to date before registering. This will ensure you can register at the Regular Member Conference Rate.

TIPFor AFDOSS Members, to help prevent duplicate member profiles in our database, if someone else is registering for you – please have them use your email address. This will allow the system to associate your registration with your Wild Apricot profile.

Hotel & Transportation

The 2024 AFDOSS AEC is in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, at The Park Vista – a Doubletree by Hilton. The negotiated conference room rate is $107.00, per night, plus applicable sales tax.

Per the terms of our contract, the cutoff date for reservations is Monday, August 26, 2024.

Located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the eastern region of the Great Smoky Mountain range, The Park Vista is only 17 miles from the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport (GKT) and 50 miles from the McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS).

Driving directions are available here.

Gatlinburg Free Trolley

May – October:  8:30 AM – 12 MIDNIGHT

There are no fares or fees to ride The Gatlinburg Trolleys. (Map – PDF)

Gatlinburg Trolleys operate daily, serving visitors and residents 365 days a year, providing an easy, free way to get around Gatlinburg. Visitors in the area can board a Trolley at any stop in the City and be off to their destination. All Trolleys stop at the Mass Transit Center, located at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. The Gatlinburg Trolley can also be used as an easy way to get into downtown without having to drive into the City and find a parking spot. You can use the Park-n-Ride Lot at the Gatlinburg Welcome Center, located at 1011 Banner Road in Gatlinburg, just off of the Spur just before entering town, board a trolley, and be in downtown Gatlinburg in a matter of minutes.

Live Auction

As is tradition, AFDOSS will be having a Live Auction to benefit the Mary Logan Scholarship Fund. For more information about the auction, please click here.

Travel Scholarships

Travel scholarships will be available to state and local, food and drug regulatory personnel, to aid regulatory members in attending the AEC.

Please note that conference Registration fees are not an allowable expense for inclusion in a travel scholarship award.

Applications for travel scholarships are available via SurveyMonkey. The cutoff for applications is Saturday, July 27, 2024.

Continuing Education

AFDOSS will be applying for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) through NEHA. The amount of CEUs will be determined once the conference agenda is finalized. Forms to claim CEUs will be made available for conference attendees at the registration desk.

Contact Information

Please use our contact form, for any general event questions or suggestions. If you have specific registration or AEC payment questions, please contact our AFDOSS Treasurer, Craig Nielsen, at AFDOSS.Craig@gmail.com.

Funding for this conference is made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant 1 R13 FD007553-03. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.