Accreditation Schemes

As an independent organisation upholding standards and promoting professionalism in the food sector, IFST is in a prime position to offer external accreditation of schemes and courses.

Accreditation of degree programmes

We accredit Bachelors and Masters degree courses in food science and technology and closely related subjects. Accredited programmes go through a thorough assessment process and are reviewed every five years. Students looking for the best food science and technology degree should check out our list of accredited programmes

Sensory training accreditation

Our Sensory Training Accreditation scheme is available for foundation and intermediate level courses.  We aim to develop the scheme for advanced level. Basic guidelines are also available for Acceptance Testing and Quality Assurance training.

Short course recognition scheme

Our Short Course Accreditation scheme is available for short food science and technology-related courses. This accreditation scheme is primarily aimed at training providers and food companies running their own in-house training courses. The scheme is also available for Universities, Higher Education and Further Education colleges operating external training courses.

SALSA accreditation scheme

SALSA is a food-safety standard written by experienced food safety experts to reflect both the legal requirements of producers and the enhanced expectations of 'best practice' of professional food buyers. SALSA certification is only granted to suppliers who are able to demonstrate to an auditor that they are able to produce safe and legal food and are committed to continually meeting the requirements of the SALSA standard.