The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB)-Conference for Food Protection (CFP) accreditation program was implemented on June 17, 2002, and is based on the Conference for Food Protection Accreditation Standard.

Please note: If you are an individual seeking an accredited food protection manager certification, ANAB does not issue certifications.

View a list of accredited organizations that issue food protection manager certifications.

History of the Conference for Food Protection

The Conference for Food Protection is a non-profit organization that originated in 1971. The structure of the conference provides a representative and equitable partnership among regulators, industry, academia, professional organizations, and consumers to identify problems, formulate recommendations, and develop and implement practices that ensure food safety. New rapidly developing food technologies and marketing innovations challenge all groups involved in food production and monitoring to work together to enhance the quality of the food supply. The Conference for Food Protection meets at least biennially to provide that forum.

ANAB CFP Accreditation

ANAB-CFP accreditation indicates that the certification organization has been evaluated by a third-party and meets or exceeds all of the Conference-established standards.  To earn ANAB-CFP accreditation, the certification organization must meet the CFP Standards for Accreditation of Food Protection Manager Certification Programs and provide evidence of compliance through the documentation requested in the application. In addition, the certification organization agrees to abide by certification policies and procedures, established by the CFP Food Protection Manager Certification Committee (FPMCC), endorsed by the Conference for Food Protection, and implemented by the accrediting organization (ANAB). If you are interested in applying you can familiarize with the ANAB-CFP policies and procedures as well as the CFP website on food protection manager certifications.

Please note: If you are an organization issuing food handler certificates you can learn about that accreditation program here.

Letters of Endorsement:

Letter of Commendation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Letter of Endorsement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)