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.
Get HACCP Training
To start off on the right complete HACCP Mentor’s Principles and Application of HACCP course. This course is accredited by the International HACCP Alliance.