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What is HACCP Certification?

What is HACCP Certification?

HACCP Certification is a system that recognizes that a food business has developed, documented and implemented systems and procedures in accordance with HACCP. HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis Critical Control point and is basically a tool to help identify and control food safety hazards that may occur within the food business.

It is granted by an external certification authority that has the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake an assessment of the HACCP system or HACCP plan. The food business should always ensure that the external or third-party certification body has the necessary qualifications to provide this service.

Why have HACCP Certification?

Different businesses will have certification for different reasons. It is a common “condition of trade” that food business and food manufacturers have 3rd-party certification. In some countries, it is also mandatory or a legal requirement that the food business has a certified HACCP system in place. Proactive food businesses will gain HACCP certification to ensure that all possible food safety risks are covered – which makes good and logical business sense.

How do you get HACCP Certified?

To gain certification by a reputable certification provider, the food business is required to undergo an audit or assessment of its food safety and HACCP policies and procedures. This assessment is required to be undertaken by a competent and qualified food safety auditor.

To check the credentials of food safety auditors you can visit Exemplar Global which is the professional body for food auditors. The audit process will involve and on-site inspection of the food business practices and a review of both company documentation and records.

How long does an audit take?

It really depends on the rules that apply to the type of certification you are trying to achieve and also the physical size of the food business. Food HACCP audits can take anywhere between 1 day and 5 days. Again, it depends on the audit scope.

What does it cost to gain HACCP certification?

This will depend on the size of the food safety system and the actual physical location. When budgeting for third-party certification, costs to be considered include actual audit costs (both internal and external), cost of development, cost of implementation, cost of maintaining the HACCP system, cost of business/customer loss if not undertaken and also cost of training staff in HACCP.

The development of a HACCP based system, in conjunction with a thorough and rigorous certification, can indeed be beneficial to the success and viability of a food business.

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32 thoughts on “What is HACCP Certification?”

  1. Hi
    I have a courier company which transports veggie and processed salads,pasta, coleslaw
    Do I need to have a Haccp certificate

    1. Amanda Evans-Lara

      Hi Neil

      Thanks for your question. It will really depend on what your customer and the legal requirements state in your country of operation. I am taking a guess here that you are located in NSW Australia. If so, there are definitely laws around transporting high-risk salad items under refrigeration temperatures. YOu can contact the NSW Food Authority to ascertain if you require the be licenced and have a HACCP certificate.

  2. Hi,
    I have the PCQI certification already and I am about to conduct a HACCP analysis to a hotel. I live in Atlanta, Georgia. I have the following question:
    1. Do I need a third party auditor to get the HACCP certification? If it is so, who would be the third party auditor? Could it be Health Department?
    2. How much should I charge the hotel, if the hotel is requiring me to do 6 different HACCP plans for their food products?

    Any help would be appreciate it. Thank you so much!

    1. Amanda Evans-Lara

      1. Do I need a third party auditor to get the HACCP certification? If it is so, who would be the third party auditor? Could it be Health Department?

      Normal practice is to gain HACCP certification from a third-party. There are many organisations that do this and it will be really dependent on what you are trying to achieve. Google food safety certification or haccp certification auditors in your area. You can find out more about third-party auditing and certification with the FDA approval list: https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-modernization-act-fsma/third-party-audits-and-fsma

      2. How much should I charge the hotel, if the hotel is requiring me to do 6 different HACCP plans for their food products?

      That is like asking ‘how long is a piece of string’. It depends on what you think your time and effort is worth. The best way to come up with your price is to consider the amount of time you think it will take to do the job and then apply your hourly rate. Your hourly rate should look to cover your time and any expenses and proportionate overheads.

  3. Hello , my name is Oscar & I’m interested in taking course for my HACCP I work at a meat company in Paramount Ca .. may I please ask how would I go about taking course ?

  4. Curtiaus Williams

    I’m currently a USDA employee… I’m interested in going into the audit branch and would like to set myself apart by already having some certifications under my belt. I’ve seen various course offerings from different sites ranging in price from $125 to $1000 for a HACCP training. Why the enormous range in fee? Are certain HACCP certificates held in higher regard than others? Please help… Any guidance is greatly appreciated! I just want to find the most comprehensive (and affordable) course to complete so that I can show value and knowledge to any audit position I apply for.

    1. Amanda Evans-Lara

      When it comes to HACCP training – not all are equal but it really depends on what you are trying to achieve. If you are looking to upskill and gain a qualification, look for a HACCP course that is accredited against the International HACCP Alliance and provides the gold seal with their certificate. You can ask to see their approval at any time. You can see ours at: https://haccpmentor.com/qualifications/

      As prices are not fixed, it is up to the training provider to set their own price. They may base this on many factors including the length of the course, competition in the market or the value of the information trained.

      Our HACCP Principles and Application course is accredited and recognized globally. You can learn more about the course at: https://haccpmentor.com/haccp-principles-and-application/

  5. I have a food a spices and chilies company/ seafood distribution, what I need to get the HACCP certification.

  6. If I have already completed a HACCP certification training (March 2018) but don’t have the certificate, is there a way to look up your certification?

  7. Is there a requirement on the types of food manufacturers that can be certified…would manufacturers of protein powders qualify? How about supplements manufacturers?

    1. Amanda Evans-Lara

      Hi Nelson

      yes…there are requirements for different types of food manufacturers. You generally see these as ‘food categories’. Powdered proteins are a category under both SQF and BRCGS. For supplements, you can check with each of the GFSI recognized standards if they are covered. I know that SQF has a supplement category as Food safety Category: 31 – Manufacture of Dietary Supplements. It is in their Manufacturing Edition 81.1 standard.

    1. Amanda Evans-Lara

      Great question Jon! You don’t need to be in a commercial space to receive HACCP certification. As long as you meet all of the requirements mandated by the standard certifying the HACCP program, you will be good to go.

    2. I wana open a fast food .so can you please say me the procedure of getting HACCP and and how to make it certified .

  8. Jessica M Arsenault

    Do company’s in the state of Maine have to be HACCP certified if they are dealing with live product only?

    1. Amanda Evans-Lara

      Hi Jessica, it is best to refer to your local health authority for your business. 3rd party HACCP certification is not generally a legal requirement but more so a customer or trading requirement. Some areas, however, do require HACCP plans to be developed and implemented as part of their food laws.

  9. I am applying for a job that would like me to be HACCP certified as an individual. How do I go about this?

  10. We are software developers and have a temperature sensor and food probe for coolers, frigs, grills, etc. Out of many clients, two have asked if our sensor/probe is HACCP compliant/certified. I understand a food system get certification after an audit. How does a piece of equipment get certified complaint?

    1. Amanda Evans-Lara

      Equipment is not generally HACCP certified as there are no real standards for audit that I am aware of. You would be better off getting the company certified for say ISO 9001 which verifies that your business considers and implement quality management principles and practices.

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  12. What is the rate or fee per day to conduct a HACCP Audit?
    What is to be considered if you are traveling to do the audit?
    Your articles has been very informative to me. Thanks much

    1. Hi Debita

      The audit day rate will depend on the actual certification body who is undertaking the audit and I have seen anything from $400US up to $3000.00. The standard that you are being audited against will also affect the cost. A basic HACCP audit will be less expensive than say and audit against a GFSI recognized standard. The best thing to do is get a quote directly from certification bodies in your area.


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