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Standardization of Retail Food Safety Officers - Chapter 3


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FDA Procedures for Standardization of Retail Food Safety Inspection Officers

Chapter 3
Standardization: Field Requirements and Administration

Parts

3-1 Scope
3-2 Inspection Equipment Requirements
3-3 Inspections
3-4 FDA Standardization
3-5 Standardization Renewal
3-6 Termination of Field Exercise or standardization Suspension or Revocation
3-7 Appeals

3-1 SCOPE

Subparts

3-101    Objective

3-102    Performance Areas

3-103    Methodology

3-101 Objective.

This chapter explains the field requirements leading to FDA standardization.

3-102 Performance Areas.

The following areas of performance shall be addressed by the candidate during the food establishment inspections and evaluated by the standard:

  1. foodborne illness risk factors and Food Code interventions:

    The Candidate shall demonstrate knowledge of current FDA Food Code provisions related to Food Code interventions and foodborne illness risk factors and the ability to interpret and apply them.

  2. good retail practices:

    The Candidate shall demonstrate knowledge of current FDA Food Code provisions related to good retail practices and the ability to interpret and apply them.

  3. Application of HACCP Principles:

    The Candidate shall demonstrate the ability to verify compliance with an existing HACCP plan and apply HACCP principles in the development of flow charts and risk control plans (Risk Control Plans (RCPs). In the absence of a HACCP Plan, the Candidate shall demonstrate the ability to apply all seven HACCP principles to the inspection process.

  4. Inspection Equipment:

    The Candidate shall be equipped and familiar with inspection equipment essential to each food establishment inspection. During the inspection, the Candidate shall demonstrate knowledge of proper use of essential inspection equipment.

  5. Communication:

    The Candidate shall demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate with the person in charge and food employees during all phases of the inspection and explain significant inspection findings to the person in charge at the conclusion of the inspection.

3-103 Methodology.

  1. Initial standardization:

    The FDA standard and the Candidate shall conduct eight joint field inspections of food establishments (including at least one with a HACCP plan) selected by the standard. The food establishments selected for inspection during standardization should be in risk categories 2, 3, or 4 as described in Annex 5 of the Food Code and shall include the observation of such processes as cooking, cooling, hot/cold holding, reheating, and complex food preparation. All eight inspections for initial standardization should be completed within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed 12 months.

  2. Re-standardization:

    The FDA standard and the Candidate will conduct six joint field inspections of food establishments (including at least one with a HACCP Plan) selected by the standard. The food establishments selected for inspection during re-standardization should be in risk category 2, 3, or 4 as described in Annex 5 of the Food Code. All six inspections for re-standardization should be completed within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed three years.

  3. Options of the standard:

    The standard has the option of adjusting the time period, type of facility selected, and methodology for inspection at any time to enhance the effectiveness of the standardization process.

  4. Performance Evaluation Methods:

    The performance of the Candidate shall be evaluated by the FDA standard using the methods outlined in Table 1:

Table 1. Summary of Evaluation Methods for Each Performance Area

PERFORMANCE AREA

INITIAL STANDARDIZATION1

RE-STANDARDIZATION2

Foodborne Illness Risk Factors and Food Code InterventionsJoint InspectionsJoint Inspections
Good Retail PracticesJoint InspectionsJoint Inspections
Application of HACCP Principles
  • risk control plan
  • Process Flow Charts
  • Verification of existing HACCP PLAN and
  • Orally communicates the Seven Principles of HACCP.
  • risk control plan
  • Process Flow Charts (optional); and
  • Verification of existing HACCP PLAN
Inspection EquipmentField ObservationsField Observations
CommunicationsField ObservationsField Observations

NOTE:

  1. All of the initial standardization requirements are to be completed during a total of 8 joint inspections with the FDA standard, over a period not to exceed 12 months.
  2. The re-standardization requirements are to be completed during a total of 6 joint inspections with the FDA standard over a period not to exceed 3 years.

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3-2 Inspection Equipment Requirements

Subparts

3-201    Equipment Use

3-202    Equipment List

3-201 Equipment Use.

Specific inspection equipment is required to effectively and accurately conduct an inspection and evaluate risk factors that contribute to foodborne illness in retail food operations. The Candidate shall be evaluated on the proper use of the inspection equipment during all inspections [refer to Subpart 3-302(C)]. Even though some equipment is listed as optional, it may be essential for some food establishment inspections, depending on the circumstances (FDA Food Code, Annex 5).

3-202 Equipment List.

  1. The following is a list of the essential equipment recommended to evaluate a retail food or foodservice operation:

    • Necessary inspection forms and administrative materials;
    • Head cover: baseball cap, hair net, or equivalent;
    • Thermocouple temperature measuring device;
    • Maximum registering thermometer or temperature-sensitive tape for verifying hot water warewashing final rinse temperature;
    • Chemical test kit for different chemical sanitizer types;
    • Flashlight; and
    • Alcohol swabs.
  2. The following is a list of optional equipment recommended to evaluate a retail operation:
    • Light meter;
    • Pressure guage;
    • Measuring tape;
    • Time-temperature data logger;
    • pH meter
    • Water activity meter; and
    • Camera: and
    • Lab coat or equivalent protection to cover street clothes.

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3-3 Inspections

Subparts

3-301    Field Exercise

3-302    Performance Criteria

3-303    Assessment – Level of Agreement with Performance Criteria

3-301 Field Exercise.

  1. Roles:
    1. Role of the Candidate.

      During all joint field food establishment inspections, the Candidate shall take the lead.  The Candidate shall make introductions and determine who the person in charge is at the beginning of each inspection.

      The Candidate shall record all observations and inspection data collected during the inspection.  For the purpose of tracking temperature patterns, it is recommended that the Candidate perform a preliminary survey of food temperatures early in each inspection.

      At various times during the field exercise the Candidate shall be directed to perform specific tasks, such as explaining code requirements, citing FDA Food Code provisions, calibrating inspection equipment, and preparing flow charts or reviewing HACCP records to demonstrate proficiency in each area.

    2. Role of the standard.

      FDA standardization is not a joint training exercise. It is an assessment with an auditing and training component.  The role of the standard is to confirm the Candidate's ability to conduct a routineinspection in realistic timeframes recognizing the foodborne illness risk factors that most frequently contribute to foodborne illness, the Food Code interventions that prevent foodborne illness, and good retail practices.  The standard will also confirm that the Candidate can achieve immediate correction of Out of Compliance (OOC) risk factors, practically apply HACCP principles, demonstrate effective communication skills and correctly use inspection equipment.
       

      The standard's role is primarily to observe the Candidate during the performance of a routine inspection and evaluate his/her performance during the standardization exercise.  The standard may offer procedural guidance to instruct the Candidate to focus on specific performance areas or demonstrate specific technical skills during the course of the exercise. The standard will provide constructive corrective action in the interest of standardization as appropriate throughout the exercise.

      The standard will ensure that the Candidate is briefed prior to beginning the exercise on expectations before and during the exercise. Areas that will be covered include the following:

      • The need for the Candidate to contact the jurisdiction in the work area for permission to conduct inspections, if necessary
      • An understanding that the standardization exercise will be based on the requirements in the current version of the FDA Food Code and most recent version of the standardization Procedures
      • Calibrating thermocouples and thermometers before the standardization exercise
      • Having all inspection equipment and clothing [lab coat (optional), closed toed shoes, hat or hair net, etc.].
      • Selecting food establishments in risk category 2, 3, or 4 as described in ANNEX 5 of the Food Code
      • Conducting risk-based inspections which emphasizes the evaluation of foodborne illness risk factors and Food Code interventions but also demonstrates knowledge and application of GRPs
      • Taking final cooking temperatures of all types of animal food cooked in the establishment when possible
      • Achieving corrective action for Out of Compliance (OOC) foodborne illness risk factors before leaving the facility
      • Developing a risk control plan with management/person-in-charge
      • Preparing three food preparation process flow diagrams based on observed practices (one for each of the three food preparation processes)
      • Explaining the seven HACCP principles.
      • Citing the Food Code requirements for any OOC foodborne illness risk factors or food code interventions on the inspection report
      • Using appropriate inspection equipment
      • Demonstrating effective communication skills
      • Conducting an inspection as closely as possible to a real-time regulatory inspection by the end of the exercise

     

  2. Performance Areas:

    The standard will evaluate the Candidate's ability to conduct a Risk-based inspection and apply Food Code requirements and principles in the following performance areas:  (a more detailed guide to the concepts considered under each performance area is found in Annex 6 of this procedure).

    1. foodborne illness risk factors and Food Code interventions – utilize an approach that effectively identifies high risk operations and behaviors in the food establishment and focuses an inspection on determining the compliance status of those related foodborne illness risk factors and/or Food Code interventions.;
    2. good retail practices – demonstrates knowledge of the Food Code by recognizing and properly citing the provisions of the Code not designated as foodborne illness risk factors and Food Code interventions;
    3. Application of HACCP (Hazard Analysis and and Critical Control Point) principles – demonstrates the ability to verify compliance with an existing HACCP plan and apply HACCP principles in the development of flow charts and risk control plans (RCPs). In the absence of a HACCP plan, the Candidate shall demonstrate the ability to apply all seven HACCP principles to the inspection process;
    4. Inspection equipment – the Candidate shall be equipped and familiar with inspection equipment essential to each food establishment inspection. During the inspection, the Candidate shall demonstrate knowledge of proper use of essential inspection equipment; and
    5. Communication – the Candidate shall demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate with the person in charge and food employees and explain significant inspection findings to the person in charge at the conclusion of the inspection..
  3. Determining Code Citations:

    The standard will make the final determination of the Food Code citation for any observed violations..

  4. Comparison of Findings:

    Following each inspection, the candidate and standard will compare findings to determine any disagreements for foodborne illness risk factors, Food Code interventions and good retail practices.

    At the conclusion of the field exercise, the standard shall tabulate and review the Candidate's inspection results and other observations to determine if the Candidate has successfully completed the requirements for standardization (See Table 2). The checklist for standardization performance areas (Annex 6-1) can be used as an aid in this determination.

  5. Termination of the Exercise/Inspection:

    When the standard terminates the standardization exercise before completing the eight (initial) or six (re-standardization) inspections because of the Candidate's inability to meet (or the likelihood of not meeting) the performance criteria, the standard will work with the Candidate and his/her supervisor to develop an action plan to help the Candidate meet the performance criteria.

3-302 Performance Criteria.

To be standardized by FDA, a Candidate shall meet the following criteria for each performance area:

  1. foodborne illness risk factors and Food Code interventions and good retail practices:

    1. Inspection Report:
      At the conclusion of each Risk-based inspection, the Candidate shall complete the FDA standardization Inspection Report (Annex 2, Section 1), based on observations and data collected during the inspection. The Candidate shall determine which items on the inspection report form were in or out of compliance, not observed, and/or not applicable based on the observations.
    2. Candidate Scoring:
      The standard shall grade each FDA standardization Inspection Report (Annex 2, Section 1), by circling each incorrectly marked item and discussing these items with the candidate after each inspection. The standard may mark an item "S" to reflect a disagreement in a case where the candidate has the opportunity to make an observation or take a measurement and fails to do so, and intervention by the standard would alert the candidate of the missed opportunity. A scoring of "S" should be used in instances such as when there is an opportunity to take a cooking temperature of a hamburger, but the candidate does not take the temperature and subsequently marks 5.1(B) as NO. The standard's scoring of an item as "S" represents a disagreement between the candidate and the standard.

      At the conclusion of each inspection, the standard shall determine the number of disagreements on items and record that number in the chart provided in Annex 5. At the completion of the final inspection, the standard shall total the number of disagreements for all food establishments inspected.

      1. To satisfy the "foodborne illness risk factors and Food Code interventions" performance area, the Candidate shall not disagree with the standard on more than 11 items in any one establishment in this section of the standardization Inspection Report and have an average score of at least 90%.
      2. To satisfy the "good retail practices" performance area, the Candidate shall not disagree with the standard on more than 5 items in any one establishment in this section of the standardization Inspection Report and have an average score of at least 85%.

     
  2. Application of HACCP Principles:

    During the food establishment inspections, the Candidate shall demonstrate the proper inspection approach for food establishments with pre-existing HACCP plans and those without HACCP plans. Each Candidate shall demonstrate an understanding of HACCP by:

    1. Flow Charts: (Required for initial standardizations; optional for re-standardizations)

      1. Preparing Process Flow Charts: 

        During the joint inspections, the standard shall select a total of three food preparation processes for the Candidate to describe on a flow chart, to include:

        1. Process 1 - "No Cook Step"
        2. Process 2 - "Same Day Service"
        3. Process 3 - "Complex Food Preparation"

        The Candidate shall develop each flow chart using information gained through actual observations of operational steps during an inspection. Information gained through discussions with the person in charge and/or food employees should be used to substitute for a lack of actual observations, i.e. when operational steps in the process do not occur during the inspection. On each flow chart, the Candidate shall identify the hazards, each Critical Control Point, and the critical limits. The Candidate shall indicate the critical limits as stated by the FDA Food Code and by the establishment (if the establishment's critical limits differ from those in the Food Code). In addition, the Candidate shall also indicate to the standard any Critical Control Points that the establishment did not control.

      2. Requirements:
        The standard shall grade the three flow charts based on the correct identification of hazards, Critical Control PointS, and the critical limits. To satisfy this requirement, the three flow charts may contain no more than two errors or omissions. The FDA Retail HACCP Manual entitled, Managing Food Safety: A Regulator's Manual for Applying HACCP Principles to Risk-based Retail and Food Service Inspections and Evaluating Voluntary Food Safety Management Systems, and the current edition of the FDA Food Code will be the reference documents for this exercise.
    2. risk control plan: (Required for both initial standardization and re-standardization)
      1. Developing a risk control plan:
        During at least one of the joint inspections, the standard will select a Critical Control Point that the candidate has determined is not in compliance with critical limits set by the FDA Food Code. The Candidate shall complete Annex 3-1, in order to demonstrate a clear understanding of the observation, process used, associated hazards, critical limits, and corrective actions that are being targeted for a risk control plan. The Candidate shall guide the person in charge in developing a risk control plan. The risk control plan should stress simple control measures that can be integrated into the daily routine of the food establishment. The plan should be brief and address the following points:
        1. Specific observation(s) noted during inspection
        2. Applicable code violation(s) (optional)
        3. foodborne illness risk factor to be controlled
        4. Hazard (most common, significant);
        5. What must be achieved to gain compliance in the future;
        6. How active managerial control will be achieved (Who is responsible for the control, what monitoring and record keeping is required, who is responsible for monitoring and completing records, what corrective actions should be taken when deviations are noted, and how long the plan is to continue); and
        7. How the results of implementing the risk control plan will be communicated back to the inspector.
      2. Requirements:
        To satisfy the requirements, all seven points (i through vii) shall be addressed in the Risk Control Plan. The Candidate is not required to ask the person in charge to commit to implementation of the risk control plan (Annex 3, Section 1).
    3. HACCP Plans: (Required for both initial standardization and re-standardization)
      1. Verification of HACCP PLANS:

        During the joint inspections, the Candidate shall select at least one food establishment to inspect that has implemented a HACCP Plan. The Candidate shall demonstrate the ability to verify that the HACCP Plan is properly implemented by reviewing the food establishment's monitoring procedures and record keeping, verifying that the critical limits are met, and substantiating that corrective actions are taken when the critical limits are not met. The standard shall select at least one Critical Control Point for the candidateto verify.

        The Candidate shall review the records for the selected Critical Control Point(S) for three specific 24 hour periods, which shall include records for the current day, if possible, and two additional days selected at random. Based on this review, the Candidate shall make the following determinations regarding monitoring, record keeping, and the performance of corrective action for a total of nine HACCP Plan record answers (Annex 4, Chart 2):

        1. Required monitoring was performed on the three selected dates;
        2. Accurate and consistent records appear for the three selected dates; and
        3. Corrective action was documented in accordance with the plan when critical limits were not met on each of the three selected dates (Candidate shall select the three days of records through discussions with the establishment's management. One of the days selected must be the current day).

         
      2. HACCP Principles (For initial standardization only):

        The Candidate shall orally communicate to the standard the HACCP principles and how they would apply to the food establishment's operation.
         
      3. Requirement

        The Candidate shall document the findings on the HACCP Plan Verification Summary Chart (Annex 4, Section 2, Chart 2). To satisfy this requirement, the Candidate and the standard shall be in agreement with at least eight out of the nine answers on the HACCP Plan Verification Summary Chart.
  3. Inspection Equipment:

    The Candidate shall have essential equipment (listed in 3-202) available for use during each inspection and shall demonstrate knowledge of necessary equipment to conduct food establishment inspections. The Candidate shall know how to properly use and maintain the equipment. Specifically, the Candidate shall demonstrate that the temperature measuring device is accurate at 0°C (32°F) and 100°C (212°F).

  4. Communications:

    In accordance with Chapter 4 of this procedure, the Candidate shall take the lead in communicating with industry personnel during each of the inspections in three areas:

    1. Introduction;
    2. Open Dialogue and Discussion with the Person in Charge; and
    3. Exit Conference.

     
  5. Communications:

    In accordance with Chapter 4 of this procedure, the Candidate shall take the lead in communicating with industry personnel during each of the inspections in three areas:

    1. Introduction;
    2. Open Dialogue and Discussion with the Person in Charge; and
    3. Exit Conference.

    During the inspections, the Candidate shall demonstrate by example the concepts of food safety such as seeking immediate, appropriate correction of risk factors, eliciting responses about employee health, washing hands at the appropriate place and time, and wearing the proper inspection apparel. The standard shall observe and evaluate the Candidate by focusing attention on communication skills that relay to the person in charge, the compliance status and any observations, concerns, and alternatives for compliance.  Satisfactory performance is achieved if this information is conveyed in a way that is understood, accepted, and acted upon.  The standard can assess this using the checklist in ANNEX 6-1 and the Template in ANNEX 6-2.

3-303 Assessment - Level of Agreement with Perfomance Criteria.

  1. Chart 3 in Annex 5 of this procedure can be used to tally the number of disagreements on the items between the standard and the Candidate in the "foodborne illness risk factors and Food Code interventions" and "good retail practices" sections of the standardization Inspection Report.
  2. Criteria for Success:
    1. To achieve standardization, the Candidate shall meet minimum requirements for the three (3) Performance Areas described in 3-302 (A) and (B). The Candidate may receive a "Needs Improvement" classification in the "Equipment" and "Communication" Performance Areas and still be standardized.
    2. When one or both of these Performance Areas is classified as "Needs Improvement," the Candidate and the Candidate's supervisor shall be notified that the "Needs Improvement" area must be satisfactorily addressed before re-standardization is granted.  Prior to re-standardization, the Candidate's supervisor must notify the standard that the area(s) of concern have been addressed..

Table 2. SUMMARY OF LEVEL OF AGREEMENT REQUIRED FOR EACH PERFORMANCE AREA

Performance Area

Level of Agreement

foodborne illness risk factors and Food Code interventions  

  • No more than 11 disagreements in any one food establishment and an average score of 90% ofor all inspections in the standardization. (Minimum of 81% = No more than 11 disagreements out of a total of 59 items)

Good Retail Practices

  • No more than five disagreements in any one food establishment and an average score of 85% for all inspections in the standardization. (Minimum of 81% = No more than five disagreements out of a total of 27 items)
Application of HACCP PRINCIPLES
  • 3 Process Flow Charts: (optional for re-standardization) Maximum of two errors or omissions [3-302(B)(1)]

  • 1 Risk Control Plan: four parts accurately addressed [3-302(B)(2)]
  • 1 HACCP PLAN Verification:
  • Correctly review documentation records on three different dates for a food establishment with a HACCP Plan [3-302(B)(3)] with agreement on at least eight out of the nine answers on Chart 2 (Annex 4, Section 2)
  • Knowledge of HACCP principles:Accurately lists the seven principles and explains how each applies to a food establishment (initial standardization only)
Inspection Equipment**
  • Candidate has equipment from the essential equipment list
  • Candidate demonstrates knowledge and use of essential equipment (Rate as Satisfactory or Needs Improvement)

(Rate as Satisfactory or Needs Improvement)

 

Communications **

Observations of :

  • Introductions to person in charge (4-102)
  • • Fact finding questions through interview with person in charge (4-103)
  • candidate setting an example [4-102(B)]
  • • Exit conference with person in charge (4-104) (Rate as Satisfactory or Needs Improvement)

(Rate as Satisfactory or Needs Improvement)

** Performance Areas deemed in need of improvement shall be satisfactorily addressed before re-standardization.

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3-4 FDA Certification

Subparts

3-401    Certificate Issuance

3-402    Standardization Expiration

3-403    StandardizationMaintenance

 

3-401 Certificate Issuance.

Upon achieving the required level of agreement with the standard, the Candidate is awarded the certificate of an FDA standardized food safety inspection officer. A certificate recognizing the accomplishment is forwarded to the Candidate and notification is sent to the Candidate's supervisor within 60 days.

3-402 standardization Expiration.

standardization is valid for a period of three years. The date that standardization is issued and the date that it expires appear on the certificate issued by the standard.

3-403 standardization Maintenance.

  1. Official records of all standardizations in retail food inspection shall be maintained by the standard for at least three years.
     
  2. standardization shall be maintained in good standing for the three-year period when the standardized food safety inspection officer:
    1. Each year, attends the annual Retail Food Protection Seminar held in the standardized food safety inspection officer'S FDA region;
    2. Continuing Education and Training – Each Candidate that is standardized will accumulate 20 contact hours of continuing education every 36 months after initial standardization is completed. The Candidate qualifies for one contact hour for each hour's participation in any of the following activities:
      1. Professional symposiums/college courses,
      2. Workshops, and
      3. Food-related training provided by government agencies;

       
    3. Annually conducts and documents standardization exercises, in accordance with this document, with at least five other retail food program inspection personnel; and.
       
    4. Annually accomplishes and documents at least one of the following activities:
      1. Assists at least five retail food establishments in the development of risk control plan (RCP). The standardized food safety inspection officer shall submit a report describing the outcome of the RCP to the standard, or
         
      2. Conducts or coordinates and documents to the standard at least five training courses related to the retail food protection program, or
         
      3. Performs and documents to the standard any combination of training courses or risk control plan that equals five.
         
  3. Upon written request by the standardized food safety inspection officer, the requirements listed in Paragraph 3-403(B) may be adjusted by the standard due to special situations or circumstances.

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3-5 Standardization Renewal

Subparts

3-501    Requirements

3-502    Expired Certificate

3-501 Requirements.

In order to renew a person's standardization, the standard and the standardized food safety inspection officer shall conduct six standardization inspections, as described in Part 3-3 and Chapter 4. A person's standardization may not be extended beyond the expiration date unless the person successfully fulfills the criteria described in Part 3-3 and Chapter 4 and has complied with the standardization maintenance criteria listed in Part 3-4.

3-502 Expired standardization

If a person's standardization expires and is not renewed and the person subsequently reapplies for standardization, the person shall apply in writing to the standard for re-standardization giving the reasons why the person is qualified and should be re-standardized. The person shall submit a nomination form signed by the person's program supervisor. The standard shall respond in writing to the program supervisor advising whether or not FDA will proceed with re-standardization and the conditions under which standardization renewal may be accomplished.

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3-6 Termination of The Field Exercise or Standardization Suspension or Revocation

Subparts

3-601    Termination of Field Exercise

3-602    standardization Suspension or Revocation

3-603    Request for Re-standardization After Termination, Suspension, or Revocation

3-601 Termination of Field Exercise.

  1. (A) The standard has the option to terminate the field exercise at any time during the standardization procedure if the Candidate is not properly prepared to achieve the required level of agreement.
     
  2. (B) The standard shall notify the Candidate and the Candidate's supervisor in writing with the reasons for termination of the field exercise. The standard may offer the Candidate and his/her supervisor the opportunity to develop a follow-up action plan designed to prepare the Candidate for a successful standardization exercise. The Candidate and his/her supervisor may choose to pursue this avenue or not. If the Candidate declines the option described in paragraph (B) above or fails the completed field exercise, the standard shall document the results of the field exercise, with the reasons for termination of the field exercise. This information shall be forwarded to the Candidate's supervisor and a copy shall be placed in the FDA file. All evidence and conclusions reached by the Agency shall be documented in writing by the standard and shall be kept for 3 years in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.
     

3-602 standardization Suspension or Revocation.

  1. When a standardized food safety inspection officer fails to fulfill the required maintenance activities described in Part 3-4, the standard shall consult with the standardized food safety inspection officer to fully examine the reasons for the failure.
     
  2. (B) Before suspension or revocation, the standard shall consult with other appropriate personnel in the standardized food safety inspection officer's agency and within FDA including: the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Retail Food-Cooperative Programs Coordination Staff, Retail Food Protection Team (RFPT); and the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Division of Federal-State Relations (DFSR).
     
  3. The standard, the RFPT, and the DFSR shall reach a decision as to whether:
    1. No action should be taken;
       
    2. (2) A warning letter should be sent to the standardized food safety inspection officer and the person's supervisor or agency;
       
    3. The standardization should be suspended temporarily, with notice regarding conditions required for reinstatement; or
       
    4. The standardization should be revoked.
  4. The standard shall notify the standardized food safety inspection officer and the supervisor of the standardized food safety inspection officer, in writing, of the Agency's decision.
     
  5. All evidence and conclusions reached by the Agency shall be documented in writing by the standard and shall be kept for 3 years in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.

3-603 Request for Recertification after Termination, Suspension, or Revocation.

candidates may apply for another opportunity to become standardized when an unsuccessful field exercise is terminated by the standard or a standardization suspension or revocation occurs.  Before reapplying, candidates should improve their skills and areas of weakness.

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3-7 Appeals

Subparts

3-701    Appeals Board Members

3-702    Filing an Appeal

3-703    Appeals Board Meeting

3-704    Hearings

3-701 Appeals Board Members.

Representatives from the following organizations will comprise the standardization Appeals Board (Appeals Board):

  1. An FDA Regional Food Specialist (other than the involved standard);
  2. A Retail Food Protection Team representative; and
  3. A Division of Federal/State Relations representative.

3-702 Filing an Appeal.

The Candidate, after being notified of the Candidate's failure to successfully achieve standardization or re-standardization, may appeal the decision. Should the Candidate elect to submit an appeal, this action must be initiated within thirty days of the date of the written notification of the termination, suspension, or revocation.

3-703 Appeals Board Meeting.

Upon receipt of a Candidate's appeal by the FDA, a meeting of the Appeals Board will be held to determine if the argument regarding the failed standardization process is worthy of being heard.

3-704 Hearings.

  1. Preliminary Hearing:
     

    If the appeal is not convincing, the decision of the FDA standard to terminate the field exercise will stand. If the Appeals Board determines that the Candidate's argument holds merit, the Candidate and the FDA standard shall be notified in writing that a hearing will be held, including a date and time for the hearing.

  2. Hearing Procedure:

    At the hearing, the following procedure will be followed:

    1. The Candidate will present the Candidate's argument for reversing the standard's decision;
       
    2. The Appeals Board will have the opportunity to question the action or conduct of the Candidate and the standard's; and
       
    3. The Appeals Board will make a decision regarding the FDA STANDARD'S decision. The Appeals Board decision will be either to let the decision stand or to consider conducting an additional standardization exercise.

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