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Better Process Control Schools

Offered by UC Davis

Other BPCS & Online BPCS

What is the BPCS?

The Better Process Control School (BPCS) was established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for operating supervisors of commercial food canning operations. It is approved by the FDA and the California Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch. The UC Davis Better Process Control School is offered in conjunction with the Consumer Brands Association, the largest trade association serving the food and beverage processing industry worldwide. We also partner with the University of California Laboratory for Research in Food Preservation, who provides two experienced lecturers.

Link to many BPCS Nationwide & International Courses - (Consumer Brands Association) (PDF 575 KB)

Who Should Attend?

The BPCS was established primarily for operating supervisors, the individual who is in the plant at the time a canned food product is packed and processed. The school is particularly intended for operating supervisors involved in production of thermally processed low acid and acidified low-acid foods. Production of these canned foods is covered by FDA regulations 21 CFR 113 and 21 CFR 114. 

To determine if your product is an acidified low-acid food, consult the following document:

Instructional materials (books, lectures, examinations) will be given in the English language. Attendees must be proficient in English to attend the school; there will be no additional tutoring given should attendees have difficulty comprehending the material.