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FDA National Retail Standards

The Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards) is a set of criteria that constitutes a highly effective and responsive program for the regulation of foodservice and retail food establishments. The Retail Program Standards:

  • Create foundation and system upon which all regulatory programs can build through a continuous improvement process.
  • Encourage regulatory agencies to improve and build upon existing programs.
  • Provide a framework designed to accommodate both traditional and emerging approaches to food safety.
  • Work towards the ultimate goal of reducing factors that contribute to foodborne illness.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is currently working to meet these Retail Program Standards. Michigan's local health departments are also encouraged to enroll and work toward meeting these standards. The information provided is intended to assist agencies through this process. Please phone MDARD at 800-292-3939 for additional assistance, as needed.

Process Summary


Contact the FDA Retail Food Specialist for Michigan and forward a completed and signed FDA National Registry Report (FDA Form 3958). 

FDA Retail Food Specialists List

Self-Assessment (SA)

The SA is an internal review by your program management to determine if your food program conforms to the criteria in the Retail Program Standards.

Initial SA is completed within 12 months of the date of enrollment.

Following the initial SA, a complete SA cycle must be repeated at a minimum every 60 months.

Verification Audit of Self-Assessment

The verification audit is an independent examination by an external party to confirm the accuracy of the SA that claims one or more Standard(s) as met. The program manager, or a designated representative, must request a verification audit within three (3) months of the completion of a SA or SA update in which one or more
Standard(s) is claimed as met. The verification audit must be completed within six (6) months of that self-assessment or self-assessment update.

For Michigan jurisdictions enrolled in the Retail Program Standards, a request for a verification audit can be made to or

FDA National Registry Report Form 3985

Form 3985 is used for both initial enrollment into the Retail Program Standards and providing report results from a Self-Assessment or Verification Audit. Upon completion, Form 3985 should be forward FDA Retail Food Specialist for Michigan. 

FDA Form 3958


Summary of Voluntary National Retail Program Standards

Information on:

  • Introduction to Retail Program Standards
  • Enrolling and Participating in the Retail Program Standards
  • Listing and criteria of the nine (9) Retail Program Standards
  • Link to Clearinghouse Work Group Questions and Answers on the Implementation of the Retail Program Standards

Listing of Jurisdictions Enrolled in the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards

Information about jurisdictions that have enrolled in the Voluntary National Retail Food Retail Program Standards. The information is updated on a quarterly basis to reflect new enrollments, as well as to recognize achievements made by current enrollees.

AFDO-Managed Retail Program Standards Grant Program

Grant fund opportunities available for the completion of projects and training to enhance conformance with the Retail Program Standards.

NACCHO Retail Program Standards Mentorship Program

A program that connects retail food regulatory program practitioners who are experienced in applying the Retail Program Standards with those who are newly enrolled and looking for assistance, resources, and recommendations for achieving a specific standard. Eligible participants include food regulatory programs operating at the state, local, tribal, and territorial level. 


FoodSHIELD is a web-based system for communication, coordination, education, and training among the nation's food and agriculture sectors. This secure system allows public health and food regulatory officials at the local, state, and federal levels across the nation to work together and communicate regarding food safety information and the Retail Program Standards.

For guidance in accessing and utilizing FoodSHIELD for the Retail Program Standards, please contact the FDA Retail Food Specialist for Michigan.

FoodSHIELD Registration Link