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Better process control school (BPCS)

This course is available as a tailored option for those who have a number of staff who would benefit from the training. If you would like more information please complete the enquiry form

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Benefits of attending

Are you exporting canned or aseptically packaged foods to the USA?

The course provides information and support to help companies meet the requirements in US federal regulations. 

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations (21 CFR 108, 113, and 114) require that each processor of low-acid or acidified canned foods (including aseptic) operate with a certified supervisor on site at all times during production of products for export.

The BPCS course also meets US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulations 9 CFR 318.300 and 381.300 for thermally processed meat and poultry products.

The GMA SEF Better Process Control School has been recognised by the FDA.   Campden BRI has been approved by GMA SEF and the FDA to deliver the Better Process Control School programme both as a scheduled course and in-house to companies. 

Who should attend

The course is aimed at production and technical personnel responsible for the management of canned and aseptic process foods and their compliance to FDA & USDA regulations.


Training Course content

Areas included:

• Microbiology of Thermally Processed Foods
• Principles of Acidified Foods
• Principles of Thermal Processing
• Principles of Food Plant Sanitation
• Food Container Handling
• Records and Recordkeeping
• Equipment, Instrumentation, and Operation for Thermal Processing Systems
• Retorts: Still Steam; Hydrostatic; Continuous; Batch Agitating
• Still Retorts Processing with Overpressure
• Aseptic Processing and Packaging Systems
• Closures for Double Seamed Metal and Plastic Containers
• Closures for Glass Containers
• Flexible and Semi rigid Containers

In order to receive a certificate of completion, attendees must complete and pass 7 mandatory chapters and the specific chapters relevant to their food production process.  There are 17 chapters in total and the 4 day course will cover all of them. 

For those companies producing Acidified Foods, attending the first two days of the course would meet the requirements. 


Course Text (included in course fee)

The GMA SEF publication, Canned Foods: Principles of Thermal Process Control, Acidification, and Container Closure Evaluation (8th Edition) is the only FDA approved text in the instruction of Better Process Control. 


In-house/Bespoke courses:

Campden BRI can tailor a BPCS course to specific plant needs, covering the 7 mandatory chapters plus the additional chapters relevant to the food production process being undertaken. For example Acidified Foods or Aseptic processing can be run as a two day course. These can delivered either at the client site or Campden BRI.

Martin George – Event Director

This course can be customised and is available in house

Further information

Our training team will be happy to help with any enquiry on +44(0)1386 842104 or at