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Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS)

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National Regulatory Program Standards Overview

What are the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards?

The Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS) are a critical component in establishing the national Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS). The goal of the MFRPS is to implement a nationally integrated, risk-based, food safety system focused on protecting public health. The MFRPS establish a uniform basis for measuring and improving the performance of prevention, intervention, and response activities of manufactured food regulatory programs in the United States. The development and implementation of the standards will help federal and state programs better direct their regulatory activities toward reducing foodborne illness.

The MFRPS areas of focus include:

  • Standard 1 - Regulatory Foundation
  • Standard 2 - Training Program
  • Standard 3 - Inspection Program
  • Standard 4 - Inspection Audit Program
  • Standard 5 - Food-related Illness, Outbreaks and HazardsResponse
  • Standard 6 - Compliance and Enforcement Program
  • Standard 7 - Industry and Community Relations 
  • Standard 8 - Program Resources
  • Standard 9 - Program Assessment
  • Standard 10 - Laboratory Support

Which states have a regulatory agency(s) currently enrolled in the MFRPS?

USA map displaying MFRPS CAP enrollees.

United States Map displaying 41 states currently enrolled in the MFRPS: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA*, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH OK, PA, RI, SC*, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV*, WA, WY

  • There are 44 state programs currently enrolled.
  • CA, SC, and WV each have two agencies with MFRPS cooperative agreements (Health and Agriculture).
  • Over $10.1M in funding under this cooperative agreement program.

Where can I find a copy of the MFRPS?

Download the latest copy of the MFRPS by clicking here. You can also request an electronic or hard copy of the standards by emailing [email protected].

You may also obtain a copy of the 2022 MFRPS Summary of Changes by clicking here.

Is funding available to assist states in implementing the MFRPS?

More information about this funding program can be obtained by viewing the latest Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

States' manufactured food regulatory programs receiving funds under this cooperative agreement are expected to achieve significant to full conformance by Year 5 of the cooperative agreement. Eligible entities include states and their manufactured food regulatory programs with current FDA food safety inspection contracts or those that agree to enter into a food contract with FDA at the earliest possible date. 

What other resources are available to help state programs implement MFRPS?

The OP DSI is responsible for conducting education and outreach to state programs on MFRPS. ORA provides funding to the Association of Food and Drug Officials to administer the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Alliance (MFRPA) which is responsible for providing additional training and collaboration to support standards development and implementation.

State programs also have free access to FoodSHIELD, a web-based communication platform that is supported by FDA to facilitate training, meetings and collaboration among federal, state, and local regulatory agencies and laboratories. States that are enrolled in the MFRPS use both the FoodSHIELD website and the MFRPA portal to facilitate federal and state communication and collaboration in the development and implementation of the MFRPS.

All state personnel actively involved in MFRPS should register for a FoodSHIELD account and join the MFRPS Workgroup in FoodSHIELD. Click here to register for a FoodSHIELD account.

Who do I contact for information about the MRFPS?

Specific questions on this program can be directed to the appropriate Office of Partnerships' contact within the Division of Standards Implementation. Please visit the Office of Partnerships Contacts webpage to obtain a downloaded version of the staffing roster.

General questions can be directed to [email protected].

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