Important certification standard for food manufacturers and distributors.

To ensure food safety, companies can get certified according to HACCP. The certificate can be applied to all players within the chain of production and supply.

Improved consumer protection

High level of food safety

Compliance with legal requirements

Transparent production processes

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HACCP - An important concept for ensuring food safety

The HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) standard aims to increase food safety and thus ensure consumer health. The concept involves all stages of the supply chain, from the production to the sale of food. The focus is on preventing product contamination with harmful or toxic substances and bacteria.

The HACCP concept is internationally recognized. It was developed to create key requirements for the safe production of food. In many countries, maintaining a HACCP concept is mandatory for all companies that manufacture, process or trade food. The overriding goal is to provide consumers with safe food. Thus, HACCP certification contributes to improved consumer protection.


Which companies should be certified according to HACCP?

The target group of the HACCP concept is all companies that produce, process or market food. Accordingly, the certificate applies to producers as well as to suppliers.

HACCP certification is important for:

  • Producers of food packaging
  • Producers of food
  • Food retailers
  • Staff restaurants and kitchens
  • Catering establishments
  • Suppliers of raw materials to food manufacturers or food processing companies

The HACCP concept is not only relevant in the EU, but is also required in the USA as well as in many other countries for distributors and manufacturers in the food and beverage industry.


Important components of HACCP certification

The HACCP concept is based on common hygiene systems that already implement legally binding food hygiene requirements. The three most important aspects include

  • Hazard analysis and assessment
  • Determination of "Critical Control Points" and measures to control them
  • Verification and documentation of the HACCP system

How does HACCP certification work?

In the first step, you discuss your company, your management system and the goals of certification with us. On this basis, you will promptly receive a detailed and transparent offer, tailored to your individual needs.

Especially for larger certification projects, a planning meeting is a valuable opportunity to get to know your auditor as well as to develop an individual audit program for all departments and sites involved.
A pre-audit also offers the opportunity to identify potential for improvement as well as strengths of your management system in advance. Both services are optional.

As soon as your company is ready, an audit date is set together with you and approved auditors with the required competence and experience in your industry are selected. During the certification audit, our auditors assess, among other things, whether your management system meets the requirements of the standard and identify potential for improvement. In a final discussion, you will receive a detailed presentation of the results from your auditor, including a description of the potential for improvement for your company. If necessary, action plans will be agreed upon.

After the certification audit, the results are evaluated by the independent certification board of DQS. You will receive an audit report documenting the audit results. If all standard requirements are met, you will receive an internationally recognized certificate.

To ensure that your company continues to meet all important criteria of the standard after the certification audit, we conduct surveillance audits on an annual basis. This provides competent support for the continuous improvement of your management system and business processes.

The certificate is valid for a maximum of three years. Recertification is carried out in good time before expiry to ensure continued compliance with the applicable standard requirements. Upon compliance, a new certificate will be issued.


How much does HACCP certification cost?

The cost of HACCP certification depends, among other things, on the size of your company and the complexity of its processes. We will be happy to make you an individual offer for your company without obligation.


Why should companies get HACCP certified with DQS?

  • All important audits for product safety and quality certification from one source
  • Many years of industry experience and competence of our auditors
  • Personal contact people at more than 80 locations worldwide
  • High service quality also beyond the audit itself

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