Registered Food Safety Principal - RfoodSP

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Outline of a Principal:

Registered Food Safety Principal (RFoodSP) is the highest level of the register of food safety professionals. Typical roles of a Food Safety Principal include Technical Manager, Director of a large company, Senior Consultant on a long-term or high level strategic contract or Chief EHO.

Food Safety Principals are typically responsible for overseeing and advising on company compliance with legal requirements and relevant industry COP as well as defining company structure and resources for effective food safety management. They are likely to develop and inform company food safety policy and be responsible for making business critical decisions in the event of food safety crises. They will often work autonomously supervising large teams.

Example Pathways:

Our accreditation process is rigorous, but flexible enough to recognise that Food Safety Professionals may have gained their experience through very different career paths. Our assessment process is based on demonstrating competences but, to give you an indication, below are just a few of the example routes that could lead to someone being eligible for Principal status:

  • 16 years working in Food Safety, with at least 2 years in a management position
  • 12 years working in Food Safety, with at least 2 years in a management position and a BSc in Food Science and Technology  or closely related subject
  • 10 years working in Food Safety, with at least 1 year in a management position and a Master’s degree in Food Science and Technology or closely related subject
  • 8 years working in Food Safety, with at least 1 year in a management position and a PhD in Food Science and Technology or closely related subject

* All Food Safety Principals are expected to have an Advanced Level 4 HAACP Qualification or equivalent.

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In order to qualify for Food Safety Principal status you must be able to demonstrate that you fulfil a number of knowledge based and professional competences. View more information on the specifics of the competences please see our competency framework.

In addition, you are required to comply with IFST’s Code of Professional Conduct which expects all registrants to uphold the integrity of the food science profession and comply with best practice to ensure the safety of all food products.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD):

You will also need to demonstrate your personal commitment to the highest professional standards by continually and actively maintaining and enhancing your knowledge and skills throughout your career. You will be required to renew your registration every 3 years by demonstrating that you are still professionally active and that you have engaged in CPD. IFST has adopted a set of standards for Continuing Professional Development similar to those adopted by other science based professional bodies. A wide range of activities can contribute to your CPD. It is up to you to recognise needs and opportunities both inside and outside your workplace and to take advantage of learning experiences to develop your own CPD programme.

When you join the Register you will gain access to myCPD, IFST’s exclusive CPD monitoring software. myCPD is a simple, structured and secure online recording system which will help you to track your progress throughout the year. Accessible on the move from your smartphone or tablet, myCPD tracks your progress, sends you reminders and allows you to generate easy-to-share reports at the click of a button.

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Not sure if you’re eligible to become a Registered Food Safety Principal? Email Ruth Ashaye for advice on what level is most appropriate to your experience and qualifications, or use our decision tree.

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Competency Framework