The Conference for Food Protection (CFP) is an independent voluntary organization that has identified the essential components of a nationally recognized Food Protection Manager Certification Program and established a mechanism to determine if certification organizations meet this Standard.
The CFP Standard for Accreditation of Food Protection Manager Certification Programs is intended for all legal entities that provide certification for this profession. The Standard has been developed after years of CFP’s research into, and discussion about, Food Protection Manager Certification Programs.
All certification organizations attesting to the competency of Food Protection Managers, including regulatory authorities that administer and/or deliver certification programs, have a responsibility to the individuals desiring certification, to the employers of those individuals, and to the public. Certification organizations have as a primary purpose the evaluation of those individuals who wish to secure or maintain Food Protection Manager Certification in accordance with the criteria and Standard established through the CFP. Certification organizations issue certificates to individuals who meet the required level of competency.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) was selected as the accrediting organization for the CFP Standard for Accreditation of Food Protection Manager Certification Programs and assumed its duties in January 2003. The CFP FPMC Committee continues to work within the Conference structure to monitor the criteria and selection process for the organization serving as the accrediting body for Food Protection Manager Certification Programs.