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 Organization demand that effective food safety systems are established through the application of systematic approach to hazard and risk analysis.
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
LRQA provides an extensive and challenging HACCP assessment and certification service. 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 approval, including ISO 9001 among others, saving both time and money and reducing duplication within the systems.
Benefits of HACCP
- Taking a formalized 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 defense.
- 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 defense
- 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?
Trusted experience - LRQA has been at the forefront of food safety standards development and is a market leader in HACCP, ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 certiﬁcation and training. This is why many of the world’s leading food processing, beverage, food manufacturing and packaging organizations choose LRQA.
Technical expertise – LRQA food safety technical experts were at the forefront of standards development and contribution towards HACCP, PAS 220 (which is now ISO/TS 22002-1), ISO 22000, PAS 223 (which is now ISO/TS 22002-4) and FSSC 22000, giving your organization and your supply chain the confidence that you’re working with the market leader and expert in food safety systems certification.
Our food safety assessors and technical specialists have some of the most extensive HACCP, ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 experience in the world. Many are hand-selected to provide input into the work of the ISO technical committees as well as the Foundation for Food Safety Certification and are able to provide first-hand insight into requirements of the standard and the standard’s logic.
Accreditation - Globally, LRQA has been independently accredited by multiple accreditation bodies to provide certification to a multitude of standards, including HACCP, ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 to a range of certification scopes.
Proven client satisfaction – Year after year, LRQA clients continue to report overall satisfaction rating of our service and technical support.
Impartiality and objectivity – With no shareholders of our own, we are independent and impartial in everything we do. We are committed to acting with integrity and objectivity at all times.
Assessment methodology – LRQA helps you manage your systems and risks to improve and protect the current and future performance of your organization. Our approach is built on three pillars and extends the focus beyond the certificate to an assessment approach designed to help organizations meet their strategic objectives. And we’re confident that LRQA further helps our food and beverage clients minimize and better manage their food safety risks.