Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) Certification

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As specified in 12VAC5-421-55 of the Virginia Food Regulations, by July 1, 2018, food establishments (including temporary food establishments) will need to have at least one employee with supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation and service who is a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM). This requirement does not apply to food establishments that serve only non-TCS food or those where food handling does not exceed reheating, cold holding, and hot holding commercially processed and packaged ready-to-eat foods.

Why is food manager certification important?

Food manager certification provide managers with in-depth knowledge of proper food safety practices for use in their facilities. Facilities with a certified food manager as the Person In Charge (PIC) will also meet the Demonstration of Knowledge requirement in the Virginia Food Regulations.

Do Temporary Food Establishments need to comply with the CFPM requirement?

A “Food Establishment” by definition includes a “temporary facility or location where consumption is on or off the premises.” Thus, a Temporary Food Establishment (TFE) is a type of Food Establishment. Section 12VAC5-421-55 Certified Food Protection Manager of the Virginia Food Regulations contains no specific exemption for TFEs nor has there been an exemption for TFEs from the Demonstration of Knowledge requirement. Only TFEs that meet the criteria for exemption in 12VAC5-421-55 B. will not need to have a CFPM. This exemption is for food establishments (TFEs included) that serve only non-TCS food and food establishments where food handling does not exceed reheating, cold holding, and hot holding of commercially processed and packaged ready-to-eat foods.

Which Food Protection Manager Certification Programs does VDH recognize?

VDH recognizes the following Food Protection Manager Certification Programs accredited through Conference of Food Protection (CFP):

ANSI-CFP Accredited Programs