Meeting FDA Food Safety Requirements with Better Process Control School 

Cynthia Weber, March 29, 2024

Better Process Control School

Originally published May 9, 2023

Better Process Control School (BPCS) is a course required by FDA for food facilities producing low-acid or acidified foods for the U.S. market.   

BPCS trains food processing plant employees to assure the safety and quality of shelf-stable, thermally processed low-acid, and acidified foods. These include canned products, sauces, soups and broths, and pickled products. 

FDA requires that operators of thermal processing systems work under the direct supervision of a person who has successfully completed a course provided by a recognized BPCS provider. 

 

FDA Inspections and BPCS Requirements 

Food facilities failing to meet the BPCS requirement can be subject to ongoing inspections by FDA. And in the case of repeated violations, significant fines and penalties. 

Here are a few samples from FDA inspections that show companies in violation of FDA regulations. 

COMPANY 1 OBSERVATION 

“Operators of thermal processing systems and container closure inspections were not under the operating supervision of a person who attended and satisfactorily completed a school approved by the FDA Commissioner as required by 21 CFR 108.35(g). 

We acknowledge your response indicates that two food handlers will attend this course. Please provide an update on course registration or completion. If the course has been completed, please provide associated certificates.   

You also have the continued responsibility to use procedures to prevent further violations of the Act and all applicable regulations for the products you export to the U.S. We will verify the implementation and the adequacy of all your corrective actions during our next inspection.” 

COMPANY 2 OBSERVATION 

“Operators of retorts are not under the operating supervision of a person that has attended and satisfactorily completed, a school approved by the Commissioner. Specifically, your retort operator, your operators of the sealing machines nor anyone at the firm has attended and successfully completed a Better Processing Control School (BPCS) training approved by the Commissioner of FDA.” 

COMPANY 3 OBSERVATION 

“Operators of retorts, thermal processing systems, and container closure inspections were not under the operating supervision of a person who attended and satisfactorily completed a school approved by the FDA Commissioner.  

Specifically, I observed operators of retorts, thermal processing systems, and container closure inspections were not under the operating supervision of a person who attended and satisfactorily completed a school approved by the FDA Commissioner.” 

Better Process Control School Training with Registrar Corp 

Train your team for better compliance by meeting FDA’s BPCS requirement today.  

Registrar Corp offers certified online training designed for regulatory and quality assurance teams. Our BPCS courses help food facilities processing low-acid and acidified foods comply with FDA regulations. Each course features an up-to-date curriculum, videos, and interactive exercises so trainees can apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios. 

Our course offerings include: 

  • Better Process Control School: Retort Certification  
  • Better Process Control School: Acidified Certification 
  • Better Process Control School: Aseptic Foods Certification 
  • Better Process Control School: Retort + Acidified Certification Package 

All Registrar Corp courses are self-paced and 100% online, making it easy for teams to take the courses anytime, anywhere. 

Learn how to train your staff effectively and affordably. 

Looking for additional food safety support? Registrar Corp also offers FDA registration services for Food Canning Establishments (FCE), including product designation, FCE preparation, and FCE-SID verification.