New requirements from legislation (e.g. FSMA) and threats in recent years have meant there has been a steady proliferation of risk assessment and management systems that food businesses have been required to implement.
Systems such as HACCP, TACCP, HARPC and VA to name a few, are now a standard requirement for most companies. While these systems all have their own particular focus they share a common methodology in terms of identifying specific hazards, risk assessing them and developing appropriate control to mitigate the risks.
Towards a general Risk Assessment module
Safefood 360°’s HACCP module is a fantastic tool for developing a food safety plan based on the common principles of hazard identification, risk assessment, and control planning. However, by its very nature it is not just for HACCP. It also serves as a solution for other emerging risk management models such as HARPC plans or conducting a VA.
This all means that in order to keep pace with the changing nature and demands of risk assessment we will shortly be making some minor but very worthwhile changes to the HACCP module.
Why Food Safety Plan?
The first thing you will notice is that instead of using the term ‘HACCP’ we will be switching to the more commonly used ‘Food Safety Plan’. Various global standards such as the BRC have already been using this generic term for some time. We will also be changing the name of the HACCP Center which will more accurately reflect the current and future scope of the Center.
Please note that this will not, in any way, affect your existing plans. This change is merely only in titling and labelling. It means that you will be able to use it for HACCP, HARPC, and any other risk based study without confusing your users or auditors.
You can rename your plan to reflect whichever Risk Assessment model you prefer such as HACCP, HARPC, or VA.
The users in your system will retain the freedom to name their food safety plans using any description they wish (such as HACCP or HARPC), followed by the specific title of the product or process, to support any focus they wish to maintain.
What should I do?
Ensure that your staff are aware of this change in case you have any upcoming audits to avoid confusion. If you want you can rename your existent HACCP plans to reflect the change. Other than that this change is entirely on our side and there is nothing you have to do to prepare.
Ensure that your staff are aware of this change in case you have any upcoming audits to avoid confusion
We hope that our reason for doing this is clear. Safefood 360°’s intent is to provide you with a robust risk assessment and management module that can be used for various requirements, while reflecting the developing needs of food businesses in the area of risk. We trust that like us, you will find these minor changes to be a major improvement.