The Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) has been a requirement in the federal food code for several years. It is now going to be a requirement in the Washington food code for the first time.

However, unlike other elements of the food code changes taking effect in March of 2022, food establishments have until March 1, 2023 to comply with the new certified food protection manager requirement.

A few key points for the state requirement that differ from the federal requirement:

  • Washington will require one employee per establishment. The CFPM can be the business owner, a manager or a contractor.
  • The CFPM does not need to be on the premises at all times.
  • The CFPM will be responsible for creating written plans and training the Person in Charge.
  • While the CFPM does not need to be on the premises, the certification does need to be on the premises at all times.
  • You will have 60 days to find a replacement when your CFPM leaves your business.


Certified Food Protection Managers must be certified through an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited program. Washington Hospitality Association members can sign up for training and certification through our partnership with the National Restaurant Association and ServSafe. Reach out to for more information.

Certifications expire and must be renewed after five years.