Maritime Food Authority

Inspiring confidence in Outbreak and Food Safety management, Public Health and Sanitation yacht wide.

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Quality Standards Authority

“The global standard giving you peace of mind that all aspects of yacht outbreak management, food safety and sanitation can now be recognised for outstanding practice. “

The Maritime Food Authority (MFA) is a membership quality standards authority. The MFA believes the superyacht industry deserves recognition and support for high standards in food safety management, auditing, yacht sanitation and outbreak management planning.


The MFA, working in collaboration with Highfield Qualifications, has developed the internationally recognised Manager in Charge for the Luxury Yacht Program. Every yacht that participates in the program receives annual certificates of excellence.


As the awarding body for this new program, the MFA approves training centers to deliver the qualifications and provide annual audits.

Working directly with yachts, the MFA strives to lead the way in a self-managing quality system driven by crew and yachts themselves.


The MFA is the leader for flag states and management companies in providing the solution that transparently recognises excellent standards and provides support for crew.

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The Manager in Charge for the Luxury Yacht
will ensure managers on board are trained and competent in the following:

Supervising Food Safety at Sea

Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety

To support heads of department on board who supervise other crew within the food safety management system.
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Level 3 Award in HACCP

Understanding HACCP supports Food Safety management & Auditing on board.
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Yacht Sanitation & Public Health

Award in Yacht Sanitation & Public Health

Development of outbreak control plan and complying with MARPOL for the interior teams.
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Level 3 Award in Allergen management

To ensure that the control of allergens onboard is managed and communicated.
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Level 3 Award in Auditing

Supporting managers to effectively undertake routine audits on board.
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Become a member

Membership to the MFA is for the individual yacht, which will receive the certification of
excellence each year provided they meet the required standards.