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Certification scheme for companies who want to develop a GMP & HACCP manual using the Codex Alimentarius International Guideline as a reference.

The Codex-Based Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Certification is considered as the first step towards compliance of food safety requirements. Organizations willing to implement Food Safety standards should comply to the most basic requirements which are known as the Pre-requisite programs (PRP’s) or GMP requirements.

This scheme based on codex alimaentarius guidelines is useful to follow the food chain from primary production to the final consumer, setting out the necessary hygiene conditions for producing food which is safe and suitable for consumption.

THE GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF FOOD HYGIENE CODEX identifies the essential principles of food hygiene applicable throughout the food chain (from primary production to the final consumption), to achieve the goals of:

  • ensuring that food is safe and suitable for human consumption;
  • recommending a HACCP-based approach as a means to enhance food safety.

Indicating how to implement those principles and providing a guidance for specific codes could be useful for the food chain sectors, processes or commodities, in order to amplify the hygiene requirements specific to those areas.


The document provides a base-line structure for other, more specific, codes applicable to particular sectors. Such specific codes and guidelines should be read in conjunction with this document CAC/RCP 1-1969, Rev.4- 2003 document and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) System and Guidelines for its Application (Annex).


  1. Compliance with International Standards: Implementing GMP and HACCP based on Codex standards helps businesses align with internationally recognized benchmarks for food safety and quality, facilitating compliance with global regulations and trade requirements.
  2. Enhanced Food Safety: GMP focuses on maintaining consistent manufacturing practices, ensuring that products meet quality standards. HACCP, on the other hand, identifies and controls specific hazards in the production process, contributing to a systematic and proactive approach to food safety.
  3. Risk Reduction: HACCP is designed to identify and address potential hazards at critical points in the production process. By systematically analyzing and controlling these risks, businesses can reduce the likelihood of foodborne illnesses, contamination, and other safety issues.
  4. Market Access and Consumer Trust: GMP and HACCP certifications based on Codex standards can enhance market access, especially in international trade. These certifications signal to consumers and regulatory authorities that a business is committed to producing safe and high-quality food products.
  5. Improved Quality Control: GMP emphasizes the importance of maintaining consistent manufacturing processes, contributing to improved product quality. This can lead to greater customer satisfaction and loyalty.
  6. Legal Compliance: Adhering to Codex-based GMP and HACCP standards helps businesses meet legal requirements related to food safety and quality. This is crucial for avoiding legal issues, recalls, and other consequences associated with non-compliance.
  7. Supply Chain Confidence: Suppliers, distributors, and other partners in the supply chain often prefer to work with businesses that have implemented internationally recognized standards. GMP and HACCP certifications can instill confidence in stakeholders throughout the supply chain.
  8. Continuous Improvement: Both GMP and HACCP frameworks encourage a continuous improvement mindset. Regular reviews and updates to the systems allow businesses to adapt to changes in processes, technology, and regulations, ensuring ongoing effectiveness.
  9. Reduced Product Recalls and Wastage: By proactively addressing potential hazards and maintaining consistent manufacturing practices, GMP and HACCP can help reduce the occurrence of product recalls and minimize wastage, leading to cost savings.
  10. Competitive Advantage: GMP and HACCP certifications based on Codex standards can provide a competitive advantage in the market. Businesses that prioritize food safety and quality are often perceived more favorably by consumers and industry stakeholders.

Who need this?

  • Food Manufacturers
  • Food Packaging Companies
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