Briefing note 2 – BRCGS Global Standard Food Safety Issue 8 to 9

Clause 2: The food safety plan – HACCP

This is the second BRCGS Global standard Food Safety Issue 8 to 9 briefing sheet and in this briefing sheet we are going to look at the main changes to Clause 2 Food safety plan – HACCP.  To understand all the changes from issue 8 to 9 it is recommended you download the draft version of the standard issued on 6.12.2021 and read in conjunction with this briefing note.

We will also be issuing a briefing note when the standard is published on the 1st August comparing any amendments from the draft standard to the published standard.

The Briefing Note has been prepared by John Husband who is BRCGS Approved Principal Training Partner and has been delivering BRSGS training for totrain and on behalf of BRCGS for over 20 years.

Clauses 2 Food Safety Plan – HACCP

Clause Clause subject Details of main changes
2.2.1 Prerequisite programmes Examples of prerequisites now have a reference documented  back to relevant clauses in the standard.
2.3.2 Hazard analysis Potential information to conduct a hazard analysis has been expanded to include:

– Sources a copy of any existing site HACCP plans (e.g. for products already in production at the site)

– A map of the premises and equipment layout (see clause 4.3.2)

– A water distribution diagram for the site (see clause 4.5.2)

– Indication of any areas (zones) where high-risk, high-care.

2.6.1 Verify Flow diagram There is an additional requirement that requires sites to review HACCP flow diagrams whenever there are changes which may affect food safety.
2.7.4 Control measures The requirements to validating prerequisites that are used to control hazards, has been moved to a new clause 2.7.4.
2.9 Critical Limits Additional text requiring critical limits to be validated has been added.
2.12 Verification Additional text requiring validation of HACCP Plan has been added.
2.12.1 Validation New clause requiring the Food safety – HACCP plan to be validated before implementation.
2.14 Review the HACCP plan Clause 2.14 and relevant sub clauses relating to Review the HACCP Plan have been removed. However there is a requirement in clause 1.1.4 for HACCP plan to be reviewed.

John’s contact details:


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