Food & Catering: COVID-19: MCA Acceptance of online delivered Food Hygiene or Food Safety in Catering courses for Ship’s Cooks and Others Processing Food in the Galley

The MCA has guidelines regarding their acceptance of online food safety qualifications. Valid till March 31st 2021 MCA will recognise online delivered accredited training, if approved by the awarding bodies outlined within MIN 648 (M), due to COVID-19.

This is outlined at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/min-658-mlc-food-and-catering-covid-19-online-approved-courses

WHO OFFERS THIS ONLINE COURSE THAT WILL BE ACCEPTED BY MCA?

The online Level 2 is equivalent to the classroom based Foundation run by the CIEH directly. The CIEH run a level 2 online course for GBP30 so have a look at this before spending more elsewhere. See Level 2 course in Food Safety in Catering at https://elearning.cieh.org/do?action=viewProduct&id=49

Note this is only accepted til 31.3.2021 under the above rules.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE OFFICIAL MCA LIST OF RECOGNISED COURSES?

For the complete list of MCA Recognised food safety courses for L2 and L3 courses check the official list and make sure the qualification number is listed there for the course you have chosen.

Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Food and Catering: Recognised Qualifications in Food Hygiene or Food Safety in Catering for Ship’s Cooks and Others Processing Food in the Galley.

See MIN 648 at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/938426/MIN_648__M__MLC_Food_and_catering_recognised_qualifications_in_food_hygiene_or_food_safety_in_catering_for_ship_s_cooks_and_others_processing_food_in_the_galley.pdf

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