Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness (CAFSP)

UT Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness Announces ANSI Accreditation

July 2014

The UT Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness (CAFSP) announced that the American National Standards Institute or ANSI, has accredited the Center’s Special Processes at Retail Program Certificate. The certificate program is the culmination of over two years of work with the US Food and Drug Administration to develop and deliver a series of courses for local, state, territorial and tribal food inspectors. The program is comprised of 6 web-based courses and one 16 hour instructor-led course. The accreditation process by ANSI is based on a set of standards that includes a variety of areas such as instructor selection, testing methods, program oversight protocols, program auditing and periodic review.

The Center, under the leadership of its Director, Dr. Sharon Thompson, has established itself as a national leader in developing and delivering a variety of food safety and food protection training courses for the FDA, USDA, CDC, and the Department of Homeland Security. In developing these courses for FDA, CAFSP partnered with New Mexico State University, the University of Hawaii, and nationally recognized food safety subject matter experts.

The Special Processes at Retail Certificate Program is offered to retail food inspectors through their state, local, tribal or territorial food regulatory training Point of Contact for FDA trainings. State retail food training officials may contact their FDA regional retail food representative to discuss the availability of delivering this course in their state. They may also contact CAFSP directly with their interest and CAFSP will contact the appropriate FDA representative.

There are 6 required pre-requisite web courses that must be successfully completed prior to taking the instructor-led (classroom) course. The 16 hour instructor led course has a performance-based post-course assessment as well as a post-course general knowledge assessment. Successful completion of the post-course assessments is required to receive the series certificate.

More information is available under the heading, Certificate Program.


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