The latest update on which qualifications are acceptable by MCA is found at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/461016/MIN_513.pdf
Under the MLC Minimum Requirements Regulations all ships’ cooks and other persons processing food in the galley are to be suitably qualified in food hygiene or food safety in catering.
Recognised food hygiene or food safety qualifications
The following is a list of those qualifications and awarding bodies which the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) currently recognises and accepts as fulfilling the requirements of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria as set out in Annex 1 of MSN 1846 (M). All these qualifications are classroom based followed by an assessment. Level 2 is the minimum acceptable level for catering staff and persons processing food in the galley.