Guidance: MIN 689 (M) Amendment 1: MLC Food and catering recognised qualifications

Maritime Coastguard Agency

November 21
15:23 2023


Notice to all shipowners, masters, crew agents, officers, seafarers and other ship board personnel

This notice should be read with part 8 of the merchant shipping (maritime labour convention)(minimum requirements for seafarers etc.) regulations 2014 and merchant shipping notice MSN 1846 (M) Amendment 1 maritime labour convention 2006, food and catering: ships cooks and catering Staff.

The MCA will only accept courses listed within MIN 689 Amendment 1 and only courses noted which are regulated through chartered institute of environmental health (CIEH) see section 5.1 and Royal environmental health institute of Scotland (REIS) see section 5.2, with links to their websites below.

This notice advises on the courses which the MCA accepts for pre-qualification for issue of a Ships Cook Certificate of Competency and are listed on the websites of the awarding bodies see section 4 and tables 1, 2 & 3.

Tables 1,2 & 3 lists the current accepted Ofqual courses only (provided for ease of reference at the date of publication of this notice (November 2023)) and table 4 lists the discontinued courses but MCA will still accepted these food safety and food hygiene certificates within the certificates expiry date. For the chartered institute of environmental health(CIEH)and the Royal environmental health institute of Scotland(REHIS), please visit the websites of the awarding bodies for the latest information.

Enquiries relating to ships cooks certificate of competency should be emailed

This MIN replaces MIN 689 (M) and expires 30th November 2024

Published 21 November 2023

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