Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)

HACCP is a preventative food safety management system in which every step in the manufacture, storage and distribution of a food product is analyzed for microbiological, physical and chemical hazards.

HACCP can be critical to your compliance with national or international food safety legislation. It provides a risk management tool that supports other management systems standards across the food industry – such as ISO 22000 Food Safety Management. HACCP outlines good manufacturing processes for all food sectors and can be key to your business when taking part in international trade. It is especially suitable for primary producers, manufacturers, processors and food service operators. 


What is HACCP?

This risk management tool is primarily used to manage food safety risks.
A HACCP system allows you to identify hazards and put in place controls to manage these throughout your supply chain during production. The HACCP scheme meets the requirements of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) – established by the World Health Organisation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations to bring together international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to ensure fair trade. It can also be used to support the requirements of management standard requirements, such as ISO 22000 Food Safety Management.   


What are the benefits of HACCP certification?

  • Implement internationally recognised food safety hazard controls
  • Demonstrate your commitment to food safety
  • Give producers, stakeholders and suppliers confidence in your controls
  • Align HACCP with ISO 22000 to improve food safety management systems
  • Effectively manage food safety risks across the whole supply chain
  • Continually review and improve your system so it stays effective 

Are you ready to implement HACCP?

We can help you implement HACCP whatever aspect of food production you specialise in. We understand that you operate across different locations, with varied products and complex supply chains. That’s why we offer customised packages to help you control and eliminate food safety risks across your business. A HACCP package with BSI will include only the products and services you need – cutting the cost of unnecessary services and helping you to put the right controls in place as efficiently as possible.  


HACCP for SMEs

Food safety management is paramount to your business – whatever its size or location. And HACCP can add value to your entire supply chain with improved hazard controls. We understand that small companies may have less time and smaller budgets to work with. We also understand how to overcome these challenges with service packages tailored to your business. A customised HACCP package removes the unnecessary cost and complexity of achieving the right standards of food safety. So we can help you get to where you want to be as efficiently as possible.  


How to get certified to HACCP

We make the HACCP certification process clear. After we have received your application we appoint a Client Manager who will guide you and your business through the following steps:

  1. Read the HACCP standard
    To implement HACCP, you will need to get a copy of the standard so that you can understand your requirements. You can download the HACCP and GMP standard here
  2. Implement the HACCP standard
    You can then implement the standard within your organization. This would include writing a HACCP Plan according to the standard's requirements. If you need assistance, you can attend our HACCP Requirements training course, which will not only teach you how to write a plan, but will help you develop a plan during the course.
  3. Gap analysis
    This is an optional pre-assessment service where we take a closer look at your existing food safety management system and compare it with HACCP requirements. This helps identify areas that need more work before we carry out a formal assessment, saving you time and money.

  4. Formal assessment
    This happens in two stages. First we review your organization’s preparedness for assessment by checking if the necessary HACCP procedures and controls have been developed. We will share the details of our findings with you so that if we find gaps, you can close them. If all the requirements are in place, we will then assess the implementation of the procedures and controls within your organization to make sure that they are working effectively in line with the standard.
  5. Certification and beyond
    When you have passed formal assessment you will receive a HACCP certificate, which is valid for three years. Your client manager will stay in touch during this time, paying you regular visits to make sure your system doesn’t just remain compliant, but that it continually improves.

Integrate HACCP with ISO 22000

HACCP can stand alone as a management tool in your business. It can also be integrated with other management systems, such as ISO 22000 Food Safety Management. HACCP supports the implementation of ISO 22000 as they share common requirements for controlling food safety risks. This means you can streamline the way you manage and deliver common processes.


Next steps

Whether you're starting the certification process, looking to transfer or just need to discuss options for your business, contact our expert team who will guide you through the process.