NSF has developed a registration program, which focuses on improving food safety for the food industry. This program uses the Codex Alimentarius as the basis and is customized based on the individual company's processing system.
HACCP-based food safety programs were developed to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses. Through a twelve-step process, HACCP identifies critical control points (CCPs) that control or eliminate chemical, physical, or microbiological food safety concerns. The NSF HACCP audit consists of a thorough review of the individual facility's program and compliance to the program requirements against the twelve-step HACCP process.
NSF HACCP Registration Process
The registration process verifies that your company is meeting the requirements outlined in the Codex Alimentarius. It includes the following steps:
- Desk Audit. A qualified auditor is assigned to review your company's HACCP and food safety documentation off-site to identify potential areas of nonconformance. This leads to an increased success rate for the registration audit.
- On-site Readiness Review. This assessment is part of the registration process, which enables the auditor to sample the HACCP and food safety system to identify areas of improvement and to ensure that your company is prepared for registration.
- Registration Audit. The auditor conducts a comprehensive assessment of your company's HACCP and food safety system.
- Review and Approval by Certification Board. The NSF Certification Board reviews the auditor's report, approves the client for registration, and issues a certificate if all requirements are met.
- Surveillance Audit. A qualified auditor conducts on-going surveillance audits to ensure the HACCP and food safety system is maintained.
Benefits of NSF HACCP Registration
- HACCP is the food safety tool utilized world wide, providing greater credibility with global customers/partners.
- The risk of unsafe products is reduced through the identification and management of critical control points.
- Internal and external confidence in your products is increased.
- A HACCP-based system demonstrates your commitment to proactively managing food safety.
- Registration assures that facilities are in full compliance with all current food safety regulations and any new HACCP-based food safety regulations.
- International breadth ensures global compliance. NSF International Global Food Safety and Quality Network partners include: Japan Gas Appliance Inspection (JIA) Tokyo, NSF-ISR Korea (KIMC), NSF-ISR South Asia (An-shi-fu), Standards Institute of Israel (SII).