2023 AFDOSS Conference

August 27-30, 2023

The Crowne Plaza Hotel Asheville
One Resort Drive
Asheville, NC 28806

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

Thank you to our 2023 AEC Sponsors, WinWam, AFDO, and the Partnership for Food Protection.


Conference Agenda. The final version of the Conference Agenda is now available.

AFDOSS 2023 Annual Educational Conference Agenda


Conference registration is now open and available via our membership platform, Wild Apricot:


Please ensure your membership status for 2023 is up to date prior to registering. This will ensure you are able to register for the Member Conference Rate.

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

Hotel & Transportation Information

The 2023 AFDOSS AEC is in Asheville, North Carolina, at The Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resort Asheville.

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel registration desk at 1-800-733-3211, or you can book online at:


From the Airport:

  • Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) : Turn left at the light on Airport Rd. Go to the 3rd light and turn left on Exit Ramp for I-26 W. Take I-240 to Asheville. Go 3 miles and take Exit 3-B. Turn right on Regent Park Blvd. Go to Resort Dr. There you’ll find the hotel.
  • Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP) : Take I-85 N. to I-26 W. Merge onto I-240 E. Take Exit 3A for Patton Ave. At the second light make a right and follow the road until you see the Crowne Plaza sign on your left. Make a left and follow the road to registration.
  • Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) : Take I-85 S. to US-321 N. to I-40 W. Take I-240 W. to exit 3B and drive to Resort Drive. Follow the road to registration.

Hotel Shuttle: The hotel offers downtown shuttle service for $8 round trip. The shuttle drops off and picks up hotel guests at a central location in downtown Asheville, convenient to over 250 different shops and restaurants. Shuttle schedule/availability subject to change.

Parking: Self-parking is complimentary. Valet service is available for a nominal fee.

Continuing Education

AFDOSS was granted Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) through NEHA. 2023 AEC attendees are eligible for 16.5 CEU contact hours. Forms to claim CEUs will be available at the registration desk for conference attendees.

Other Event Information

Packages may be delivered to the hotel within 72 hours of the date of the function. Packages or materials of excessive weight or value must be approved for receipt by the hotel prior to shipping. There will be a $5.00 per box, handling charge for all packages processed by the hotel. Each pallet or crate delivered to the hotel is subject to a $150.00 handling charge. Should special arrangements for delivery be necessary, please contact your Crowne Meetings Director or Crowne Meetings Manager. The following information must be on all packages to ensure proper delivery:

  • Contact Phone:
  • Group:
  • Property Address:
    1 Resort Drive
    Asheville, NC 28806
  • Number of Boxes:

A storage fee of $25.00 per box per day will apply for any boxes received prior to 72 hours of the function.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

If you are interested in supporting AFDOSS by being an Exhibitor or Conference Sponsor, please contact our AFDOSS Treasurer, Craig Nielsen. We have a few different options available to highlight your regulatory or industry community.

Travel Scholarships

The window to apply for travel scholarships has now closed.

Travel scholarships were available to state and local, food and drug regulatory personnel, to aid regulatory members in attending the AEC. Conference Registration was not an allowable expense for inclusion in a scholarship award.

Applications for travel scholarships were available via SurveyMonkey. AFDOSS will be offering Travel Scholarships for our 2024 Annual Educational Conference in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Contact Information

Please contact the AFDOSS Board via our email address, info@afdoss.org, for any general event questions or suggestions. If you have specific registration or AEC payment questions, please contact AFDOSS Treasurer, Craig Nielsen.

Funding for this conference was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant 1 R13 FD007553-02. 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.