Certification of Food Safe Equipment, Materials and Services
HACCP International’s certification mark is a ‘certificate of conformance’ (COC), confirming a non-food products ability to support the integrity and safety of food as demanded by industry expectations, legislation and GSFI (Global Food Safety Initiative) endorsed standards.
The HACCP International Endorsement Programme is aimed at organisations that are required to supply ‘food safe' equipment, machinery, supplies and services to the food industry. Non-food items and services that are used extensively in food manufacturing, handling and supply can have a significant impact on food safety and operators of HACCP based food safety programmes often look for assurance as to the appropriateness of such items.
Our methodology is one whereby we simply, practically and scientifically assess the product(s) or product range(s) with regard to all facets of food safety; their compatibility with HACCP based food safety programmes and their contribution to food safety. The process includes examination of the design, manufacture, materials, instructions, delivery, storage, accuracy, labelling, food safety claims and any other relevant food safety matters.
Certificated products generally need to be:
- Well designed with ‘food-safe’ characteristics
- Non toxic (or appropriate levels of toxicity)
- Easy to clean (or appropriate for use)
- Likely to reduce the risk of any form of contamination
- Designed for a low consequence of error in use.
We offer manufacturers, distributors and, importantly, their customers, third party assessment and endorsement of material safety, accuracy and appropriateness in a food application - issued by an independent organisation of food safety experts.
Providing the required food safety criteria are met, HACCP International will provide an endorsement and widely recognised certification for the selected products. This ‘Certificate of Conformance’ (commonly referred to as a ‘CoC’) is a valuable tool. Many food businesses now operate to the high GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) endorsed standards such as those determined by BRC or ISO 22000. Increasingly, these standards are recognising the risks presented by key, non-food items that can have an impact on food safety. Food processors and handlers are obliged to undertake appropriate ‘due diligence’ procedures to ensure that these non-food items are ‘fit for purpose’ in a food handling application. ‘Certificates of Conformance’ are a very efficient way of satisfying this.
Equally, manufacturers of non-food items commonly move their products through many industrial sales channels – not just food. This certification process is designed to give those manufacturers confidence that their product is particularly appropriate for this important sector. Often manufacturers of such non-food items don’t have the food technology and food safety resources to manage this.
Those products or services that carry the HACCP International mark can be promoted as food safe and endorsed by HACCP International. Many organisations supplying appropriate and food safe products to the food industry proudly display the HACCP International Food Safety logo in their facilities, on their products, on packaging and in promotional material. The logo is well known, highly recognised and understood by industry to be synonymous with an active and proven dedication to consumer food safety and ‘fitness for purpose'.
Products or services licensed to carry the HACCP International food safety mark also benefit with access to a marketing platform including mail-outs, advertising, marketing initiatives and web-based support. HACCP International runs market awareness and customer support programmes to assist those companies whose product or service carry its mark. Food Safety Bulletins are distributed to thousands of highly targeted businesses (please see Bulletins for recent editions). These offer valuable exposure to the right people in industry around the world. Much of advertising is free of charge for certified products. The bulletin is also a handy directory for food handlers who are looking for conforming products. HACCP Internationals offices are an excellent reference site for the food industry when looking for products or solutions or making technical enquiries about non-food issues. Furthermore, our technical division is never away from the food production line environment as it supports industry with food safety solutions and advice. They too are an excellent reference source and are frequently asked about safe and compatible non-food products.
Our certification process is complementary to the BRC Global Food Safety Standard for food processors and manufacturers. Indeed, we work with the BRC to offer advice on matters of equipment and non-food service fitness for purpose. This is achieved through a process of review and comment of new versions of the standard, as they are being created.
HACCP International\'s approval and endorsement should be considered by suppliers that:
- Are quality aware and responsive to customers’ needs
- Want to capitalise on the ‘food-safe’ status of their product
- Wish to drive the marketing of their product through certification by a recognised and practical body.
- Need to differentiate their product from less appropriate competitors
- Have to provide assurance as to a products suitability, conformity and compliance
Typically certified products and services include:
Cleaning services cleaning materials, chemicals, soaps and sanitizers
Fit out material, cool room equipment, lighting, ventilation systems, and storage items
Pest Control services and chemicals
Processing equipment, dispensers, components and consumables,
Utensils, work wear and food safety items – thermometers, loggers and systems
Construction materials, surfaces and finishes
HACCP Europe is a related entity to HACCP International. HACCP International is accredited by JAS-ANZ as a conformity assessment body. JAS-ANZ is a member of The International Accreditation Forum (IAF). HACCP International operates an accredited product certification scheme, titled Food Safety Assurance, as well as other unaccredited certification schemes.