The Online International Food Law Certificate Program sponsored by the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations (IFLR) is an Internet distance education program that consists of a series of region- specific or topic-specific food law courses taught completely over the Internet by an international network of food science academic and legal professionals who understand the legal complexities of food laws and regulations and how they impact the flow of food and agricultural products across national boundaries. Satisfactory completion of any four of the courses results in a Certificate from Michigan State University indicating your successful completion of our International Food Law Distance Education Certificate Program.

Each three (3) credit full semester course runs 13 - 15 weeks, depending upon the course, and details the food laws and food regulation practices of a specific subject area, country or region of the world. The overview course, International Food Laws and Regulations, is divided into sections or “Modules” each of which provides an overview of the food laws and regulations of selected regions including for example the United States, European Union, Japan, Latin America, Switzerland and Australia/New Zealand along with topic-related modules including International Food Regulation and International Agencies; The Critical Analysis and Comparative Law Process; Comparative Analysis of Food Safety Governance, the Regulation of GM Food in the EU and Food Law, and Risk Regulation.   [Also, see the schedule for our one (1) credit FSMA Short Courses.]

Other courses provide a detailed examination of the food laws and regulatory practices of a specific country or region such as the United States, European Union, Latin America,  Canada and Asia presented in an issue oriented format such as the regulation of food additives, genetic modifications, import-export regulations, and so forth. Two of the courses cover the international  organizations, Codex Alimentarius and the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health).  These organizations are responsible for international standards in the areas of food safety, animal health and protection, under the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement) of the World Trade Organization (WTO).   Our latest course provides students with an introduction to regulatory affairs as these issues apply to the regulation of food. 

Online International Food Law Courses
Full Semester - Three (3) Credits Courses
full semester courses 


NEW Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Major Rules
Three Online Courses

Enroll in one (1) course or all three (3) courses, which run consecutively

  • Preventive Control For Human Food, FSC 890, Section 731,
    Three (3) Credit Full Semester Fall Semester Course (fall semester 2017 - odd years)
  • Produce Safety, FSC 890, Section 732,
    Two (2) Credits Seven Week Fall Semester Short Course (August 29-October 12, 2018 - even years)
  • Foreign Verification Supplier Program, FSC 890, Section 733,
    Two Credits (2) Seven Week Summer Semester Short Course (May 15 - June 30, 2017 - odd years)

Click here to obtain a Schedule of Courses by Semester.

Courses may be taken individually for those who need information about a specific subject area or as part of our Certificate Program for those seeking continuing education credits such as attorneys or dieticians. Any combination of international food law courses may be taken in any sequence to satisfy the requirements for twelve (12) credits for a Certificate from Michigan State University indicating your successful completion of our International Food Law Distance Education Certificate Program.

For those who may be unfamiliar with Internet courses, these courses are taught using a variety of web-based distance education tools. We have the technical support and expertise of the MSU Virtual University to help us with any computer related problems. Some of the other Internet-based resources used in these courses include hyperlinks to important sources of information such as web sites with online journals and listserv web sites with automated email updates.

We are currently accepting applications for enrollment for spring semester 2017 courses.  Spring semester courses begins January 9, 2017.  See the Course Offering Schedule by Semester Course_Semester_Schedule_FOOD_LAW listing. 


The brochure for the Certificate Program is available here.

If you have further questions about the tuition rate or enrollment process see “How to Enroll” or for more information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Courses are accessed through the MSU DesireToLearn (D2L) course management system.

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