Massachusetts State Food Safety Requirement Summary


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Servsafe approvalThe ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Examination is approved in the state (Print, CD-ROM, on-line exam with a proctor)

Certification FeeNone.

Instructor RequirementsRegistered ServSafe Instructor

Code requirementMandatory manager certification. At least one certificed manager is required per facility. Local jurisdictions have the authority to exceed the state's minimum requirements. (105 CMR 590.000). Requires all food service establishments to have manager staff certified by a food allergy training program recognized by Health department no later than Feburary 1, 2011.

Hours of InstructionTraining requirements vary per local jurisdiction for certification and recertification.

Certification Renewal5 years

MiscellaneousThe MA Restaurant Association offers ServSafe classes. For more information, contact them at 508-303-9905 or Further information is also available on the MA Dept. of Public Health Food Protection Program website at