Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) techniques are increasingly being used in the food industry and are become a universally accepted method for food safety assurance. The UK’s Food Standards Agency recommends HACCP as the most effective way for food businesses to ensure consumer protection.
The HACCP principles developed by the Codex Alimentarius of the World Health Organisation demand that effective food safety systems are established through the application of systematic approach to hazard and risk analysis.
LRQA provides an extensive and challenging Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) assessment and certification service backed by the Dutch Council for Accreditation (RvA).
The principles of a HACCP system are:
- description of products
- description of processes
- hazard analysis: identifying the potential hazards (ie. biological, chemical and physical)
- risk analysis: defining ‘critical control points’ (CCP) and other ‘points of attention’ (POA)
- control of the critical control points
- control of any points of attention, by general measures
Benefits of HACCP
- Meet Regulations – applying hazard analysis techniques, such as HACCP can help you meet local food hygiene regulations
- Legal requirements – demonstrate commitment by meeting the demands of legislation and customers and may support a due diligence defence
- Easy integration – HACCP can easily be integrated with an existing management system e.g. ISO 9001, reducing duplication and saving you both time and money
Why choose LRQA for HACCP?
- LRQA has been at the forefront of standard development and involved in food safety certification for many years.
Proven Track Record
- We have high-profile clients in various food related industries.
- Our assessors are management systems experts in food safety.
What is HACCP certification?
Increasingly companies within the food chain must be able to demonstrate an effective HACCP system, depending on varying local and national requirements. Meeting local food hygiene regulations and applying hazard analysis techniques, such as HACCP, add to what may already seem to be a complex and daunting process for those in the food chain.
However, taking a formalised approach to assuring food safety helps a company to demonstrate commitment by meeting the demands of legislation and customers and may support a due diligence defence.
Our HACCP assessments are designed for companies to demonstrate the effectiveness of the product safety and the hygiene critical elements of their operations. We also offer an alternative HACCP assessment service to existing clients that do not require accredited certification, but that still want to benefit from an LRQA assessment of their systems for ensuring food safety. These assessments use the HACCP principles detailed in Codex Alimentarius as reference criteria.
In addition, your HACCP visit can complement any existing LRQA ISO 9001 approval - saving both time and money - by accommodating any duplication within the systems.
Food Standards Agency (external link)