For Federal, State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Officials

Regulatory Program Standards

Regulatory Program Standards establish a uniform foundation for the design and management of state, local, tribal, and territorial programs that have the responsibility for regulating human and animal food. There are three sets of standards for manufactured food, animal feed, and retail food regulatory programs. The goal of the standards is to leverage resources and share common successes to build systems within regulatory food programs. Collaboration is fostered with regulatory partners by:

  • Encouraging programs to adopt the best practices and continuous improvement models contained within nationally-recognized regulatory program standards and codes.
  • Utilizing performance measures and metrics to identify priorities and measure effectiveness.
  • Fostering partnerships through food protection task forces, technical support, program evaluation, funding, training, and information technology.
  • Enhancing laboratory services by promoting national program standards and accreditation.
  • Conducting outreach programs to enhance food safety and public health.
  • Promoting capacity building, accountability, cost efficiency, transparency, and exchange of best practices.
  • Facilitating enhanced communication and collaboration between internal and external stakeholders.
  • Advancing a nationally integrated approach to food safety and public health.

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