The Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards) define what constitutes a highly effective and responsive program for the regulation of foodservice and retail food establishments. They begin by providing a foundation and system upon which all regulatory programs can build through a continuous improvement process. The Retail Program Standards encourage regulatory agencies to improve and build upon existing programs. Further, they provide a framework designed to accommodate both traditional and emerging approaches to food safety. The Retail Program Standards are intended to reinforce proper sanitation (good retail practices) and operational and environmental prerequisite programs while encouraging regulatory agencies and industry to focus on the factors that cause and contribute to foodborne illness, with the ultimate goal of reducing the occurrence of those factors.
In support of this goal, FDA works cooperatively with our state, local, territorial and tribal partners using a risk-based approach to leverage limited resources. The Retail Program Standards represent an important component of a comprehensive strategic approach to help ensure the safety and security of the food supply at the retail level.
2021 Virtual FDA Retail Food Protection Seminar- September 13-16, 2021
There will be two nationwide, general sessions held from 1 – 5 p.m. EDT on September 13th and 14th.
Breakout sessions will be held on Wednesday, September 15th as follows:
- Northeast: noon to 4:00 p.m. EDT
- Southeast: noon to 4:00 p.m. EDT
- Central: 9 a.m-1 p.m. EDT
- Southwest: 1-5 p.m. CT
- Pacific: 1-5 p.m. PT
Presentations/workshops will be held on Thursday, September 16th from 1-5 p.m. EDT.
Join us virtually for this FREE Seminar. Additional details and registration information will be posted on this site as they become available.
Special thanks to the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) for their partnership with this event.
Please contact your FDA Retail Food Specialists with questions.
Information about the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards)
- Webinar Recording: Two Local Health Departments' Approach to Meeting Standards 3 and 6
This session focused on Retail Program Standards 3 (Inspection Program Based on HACCP Principles) and 6 (Compliance and Enforcement). Presenters from local jurisdictions described the relationship between the two standards and how they have worked to conform to the Standard requirements, and they shared tips and resources they have learned from the process.
- Impact of the NACCHO Retail Program Standards Mentorship Program on Retail Food Regulatory Programs – Report
- Accomplishments of the FDA and NACCHO Retail Program Standards Mentorship Program – Fact sheet
- Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards November 2019
This page provides a copy of each standard, along with corresponding forms and worksheets.
- Listing of Jurisdictions Enrolled in the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards July 2021
This page provides information about jurisdictions that have enrolled in the Retail Program Standards. The information is updated on a quarterly basis to reflect enrollment changes such as new enrollments, as well as to recognize achievements made by current enrollees.
- Crosswalk on Public Health Accreditation and Retail Program Standards
This document provides an overview of the similarities between the Retail Program Standards and the PHAB accreditation process and details the connections between the criteria that apply within each initiative. The detailed crosswalk provides specific examples of where documentation generated when implementing the Retail Program Standards can be used to satisfy documentation requirements associated with the accreditation process. This document will assist those who pursue conformance with the Retail Program Standards and PHAB Accreditation concurrently, without duplicating resources or effort.
Links to Other Standards
- Animal Feed Regulatory Program Standards (AFRPS)
The feed standards establish a uniform foundation for the design and management of state programs responsible for the regulation of animal feed.
- Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS)
The Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards are a set of standards developed by the FDA, with input from state program managers, that can be used by the states as a guide for continuous improvement for state food manufacturing programs.
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