Better Process Control School

The Federal Food & Drug Administration published in the Federal Register, March 16, 1979, Vol. 44, No. 53, a regulation titled, ACIDIFIED FOODS AND LOW—ACID FOODS IN HERMETICALLY SEALED CONTAINERS—MANUFACTURE & PROCESSING.  Parts 113.10 and 114.10, Personnel state:

“All operators of retorts, processing systems, and aseptic processing and packaging systems, and container closure inspectors shall be under operating supervision of a person who has attended a school approved by the Commissioner for giving instruction in retort operations, processing systems operations, aseptic processing and packaging systems operations, and container closure inspections, and has been identified by that school as having satisfactorily completed the prescribed course of instruction.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has selected Michigan State University as one of the authorized schools to present the Better Process Control School. Students who successfully complete this course will meet FDA certification requirements.


Acidified Certification ($550)

Aseptic Certification ($550)

Retort Certification ($650)

Combined acidified, aseptic, and retort certification ($700)

See page 6 for a review of required chapters per certification:


In person February 26 - 28, 2024. Breakfast will be available each day at 7:30 a.m., and the course will begin at 8 a.m. The course will end by approximately 5:30 p.m. each day, although some participants may finish earlier on some days depending on the agenda and their selected certificate tracks.

The course will take place in Erickson Hall, 620 Farm Ln, East Lansing, MI 48824. Parking information and room numbers will be provided to registrants one week prior to the event.


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