UPDATE: MCA recognises Food Hygiene/Food Safety Qualifications

UPDATE: MCA recognises Food Hygiene/Food Safety Qualifications

We received this update from the MCA today and it confirms the extension by MCA of accepted online food hygiene courses til 31.5.2021

Full details at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/min-658-mlc-food-and-catering-covid-19-online-approved-courses and at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/973507/MIN_658_Amendment_1.pdf


Good Morning,

 You recently emailed my colleague regarding online course delivery for food safety training. I can confirm that MIN 658 which details the MCAs position on accepting courses delivered online providing the awarding body allows the centre to do so. This MIN has been extended until 31/05/2021 in light of the global situation still unfolding. This date is monitored frequently and will take into account the global situation. Please check the webpage for MIN 658 here closer to the expiry date for further updates  – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/min-658-mlc-food-and-catering-covid-19-online-approved-courses

 Kind Regards,


Sophie Peacey

Seafarer Living and Working Conditions Policy Manager

UK Maritime Services

5 thoughts on “UPDATE: MCA recognises Food Hygiene/Food Safety Qualifications

  • May 14, 2021 at 3:15 pm


    I would like to do my ships cook certificate, as soon as possible.

    could you please let me know the course dates?

    my phone number is 07853240346



  • June 23, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Hi, for how long the MCA approved Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene Certificate last? How often I should renew it?
    Thank you

  • June 24, 2021 at 6:40 am

    Every 5 years an update is recommended, same as for STCW.

  • July 20, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Thye have extended the online option for food safety to August 31st. 2021, MIN 658 was amended. But there is a company online claiming they can deliver the exam via zoom which is false, exams must be invigilated by the testing body or in person with a proctor.


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