Food Allergy Awareness Training Course

Food Allergy Awareness Training is suitable for anyone who owns, manages or works in a food-related business to ensure compliance with EU Food Information. During this food allergy training course you will learn what food allergy and intolerance are, how to recognise the symptoms of an allergic reaction, understand what information should be on pre-packed food labels, and what you need to consider to keep customers safe.

Food Allergy Awareness Training Course
Food Allergy Awareness Training Course
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Course Overview


  • Intermediate
  • 1-2 hours
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 3 CPD Points
  • RoSPA Assured

Course description

This Food Allergy Awareness Training course is designed to help learners identify the fourteen particular food allergens which must, by law, be recognised and to understand why foods containing allergens must be handled carefully.

Our Food Allergy Awareness course has been updated to include everything you need to know and comply with Natasha's Law PPDS regulations. Natasha's Law came into effect on 1st October 2021, the training also includes all the latest legislation and guidance around food allergens.

You will learn

  • Understanding what both a food allergy and intolerance are
  • Learning to recognise the symptoms of an allergic reaction
  • Knowing which ingredients could cause allergies
  • Understanding what allergy information is required on pre-packed food labels
  • Understanding what to consider to keep consumers safe
  • Knowing how to provide allergen information specific to their food business

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Anyone who owns, manages or works in a food-related business will need to make sure their operations are compliant with EU Food Information Regulation No. 1169/2011 (FIR) / Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIC)
  • The Food Allergy Awareness Training Course is therefore suitable for food handlers, as well as those with a role that involves contact with food including staff members in a catering environment like hotels, restaurants, takeaways, cafes, bars, fast food outlets, fish & chip shops, kitchens, hospitals, prisons, schools and colleges
  • This course can be used either as Induction, Awareness, Refresher or Foundation Training, making it a highly flexible choice. It also demonstrates that your organisation is dedicated to educating its staff by delivering first class food safety training without the need for off-site learning or disruptive classroom sessions


Legislation covered in this course includes:

EU Food Information Regulation No. 1169/2011 (FIR) / Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIC)

Article 14 of EU General Food Law Regulation 178/20021

Food Allergy FAQs

  • How long does a food allergy certificate last?

    While Food Allergy Awareness Training does not technically run out, it is best practice to renew it every three years. However Virtual College are constantly updating our courses to keep up to date with food hygiene, legislation and guidance therefore some organisations encourage retaking each year.

  • What is Allergen Training?

    It's essential that food handlers in retail and catering settings have an awareness of what food allergens are, how they can affect the safety of customers, and how they should communicate the right allergen information to those who need to know. 

    Our online Food Allergen Awareness course will teach you how to comply with the UK's allergen laws, so you understand which foods commonly cause allergic reactions, how these should be labelled on food products under the EU Food Information for Consumers (FIC) Regulation, and how to ensure customers are provided with accurate information about the food they are purchasing.

  • Who should receive training in Allergen Awareness?

    The course is aimed at food handlers and anyone working in a role that involves contact with food, or the management of such people.

    If you manage or work in a food-related business, you need to make sure your operations are compliant with EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation No.1169/2011 / Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIC) and Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No. 78 / 2014 amending Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 1169 / 2011.

How the online courses work

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  • Buy the course

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    Once you have purchased a course, you will be able to send this course to other people using your system account with Enable by entering the new learner’s email address so that they may access the training and set up their own system account with our Learning Management System.

    If you are not 100% satisfied with your course then we offer a 30-day, no hassle money-back guarantee. To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not have completed the training in order to make a valid refund claim. Any claim made after the training has been completed will be invalidated.

  • Take the course

    This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

    The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physical copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.

  • Your Certificate

    Upon completion of any of our courses, learners will be able to download a digital certificate from Virtual College and will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable.

    If you have bought the posted certificate option (available on select courses), a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out at the beginning of the following working week.