Maryland Regulations for Food Service Facilities:

The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 10.15.03 delineates the requirements for retail food service facilities.  Facilities are group according to priority: high, moderate or low.  The priority of the facility is determined through evaluation of the complexity of the food service processes performed.  There are several types of inspections that are performed at food service facilities, including comprehensive inspections, monitoring inspections, and complaint inspections.  Routine inspections include comprehensive inspections that address both critical risk factors and sanitation and monitoring inspections, which address critical risk factors.  Comprehensive inspections, in accordance with COMAR 10.15.03, should be performed at every high and moderate priority facility once per year.  Monitoring inspections should be performed twice per year for high priority facilities and once per year for moderate priority facilities.  Low priority facilities should have inspections performed once every other year.