Accreditation for Training Providers

In response to interest expressed by universities, industry and training providers, IFST is developing proposals to set up a scheme to accredit providers of training in food science and related areas. This scheme will primarily be aimed at larger training providers, larger food companies running their own training courses in house and universities and HE/FE colleges operating external training courses.

Accredited providers will be required to comply with a list of responsibilities covering facilities, trainers and administration. Accreditation will normally be based on documentary evidence, although in some circumstances a visit may be required. There will be an initial registration process with revalidation every 3 years. In 2013, IFST piloted the scheme with two training providers. IFST is currently evaluating this pilot with the intention of launching a wider scheme before the end of 2015.

To register your interest in IFST accrediting your organisation, contact Andrew Gardner

Accredited training providers:

The Food Advanced Training Partnership (University of Reading and University of Birmingham)
School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster

Short courses for CPD training in the area of Food Regulatory Affairs are offered by the University of Ulster. The courses are designed to deliver professionally focussed and contemporary training for those who are working in the food sector and wish to develop their career further or to update their knowledge in the food regulatory affairs. The courses cover a broad range of topics from the food law and food regulation within the EU, EU-member states and the US, the principles and practice of the EU trade policy, food labelling, the EU approach to food quality, nutrition and health claims for foods, as well as the EU food law for various classes of foods (foods of plant origin; processed foods; milk and dairy products; food for particular nutritional uses), animal feeds and contact materials. The courses are provided entirely online. For more information