Food Competent Certifying Officers


Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and Defra are developing a centralised training package for Food Competent Certifying Officers (FCCOs).

Once this has been developed, there will be a requirement to complete this training as part of APHAs FCCO authorisation process. The training will enable current FCCOs to revalidate their existing authorisation and enable new Local Authority (LA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) officers to qualify as FCCOs. 

Existing FCCOs can be assured that their existing APHA authorisation currently remains in place and a reasonable timeframe will be agreed for completion of the training. 

Certification Support Officers (CSO) training is also available for other Local Authority (LA)/FSS staff that may not have the required competencies for an FCCO but can help support the certification process.  

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