21 Feb

Bitesize training: Codex HACCP changes

CIEH member: £55
Affiliate member: £110
Non-member: £110

Two-hour bitesize training

Time: 10.00 - 12.00

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The Codex Alimentarius (or “Food Code”) Commission revised its code of practice in 2020, which has resulted in new definitions, new concepts and a change  of  focus.  While large food business operators holding international certifications such as BRC will be familiar with the changes, regulators, small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and consultants may be less sure.  This Bitesize training session is an opportunity to revisit the principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and compare old with new.

This event will be delivered by Dr Belinda Stuart-Moonlight CenvH FCIEH , who has experience of advising food industry clients, auditing food factories and reviewing HACCP systems as an expert witness, and she will draw on diverse examples to highlight what the changes look like and mean in practice.

For regulators, assessing HACCP systems is part of their enforcement role and knowing a good system from a poor one is crucial when determining hygiene ratings and appropriate interventions.  For industry professionals, ensuring that plans and systems are compliant enables confidence that due diligence can be met.  This session will explore the elements and intention of the modern HACCP plan.


  • provide regulators with the confidence to review contemporary HACCP plans
  • provide industry practitioners with the confidence to devise or update HACCP plans in the contemporary framework
  • enable regulators to explore and understand the changes in HACCP expectations, so they are fully equipped to assess modern HACCP plans and identify non-compliance in previous versions
  • enable industry practitioners to explore and understand historic and contemporary HACCP styles and approaches and what needs to be in a modern plan to demonstrate compliance


Delegates will become familiar with and and appreciate the importance and context of:

  • The requirement of retained regulation EC 852/2004 Article 5 for a HACCP based system and the status of the new 2020 Codex guideline
  • The changes to the structure of the Codex guideline – what a typical pre 2020  HACCP plan looks like compared with one that complies with the updated guide
  • The food business operator’s clarified role in producing safe food
  • The foundation of good hygiene practices underpinning the HACCP plan and how this relates to prerequisite plans
  • The introduction of a commitment to food safety culture
  • The revised and expanded definitions
  • The removal of the example  decision tree and how critical control points are now to be determined
  • The clarification of validation and verification
  • What the changes mean for generic and process-led HACCP based systems used in retail and catering

Who should attend?

  • Regulatory officers responsible for assessing HACCP compliance as a part of inspections and investigations, including Environmental Health Practitioners and Food Control Officers
  • Food industry practitioners with responsibility for devising or managing HACCP plans
  • Trainers and consultants delivering HACCP learning programmes

CPD: 2 hours

Belinda Moonlight

Dr Belinda Stuart-Moonlight is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner. Belinda specialises in food safety and infectious intestinal disease control. Early on in her career, Belinda worked as an Environmental Health Officer in local government enforcement, before taking up a Junior Research Fellowship at King’s College, London. For the last twenty years, Belinda has run her own business providing consultancy, training, auditing and expert witness services. As an expert witness, the majority of her instructions focus on food contamination risk, and increasingly, injury and death from food allergy. Belinda is regularly sought after to provide opinion and consultancy for prosecution and defence, as well as, for organisations such as the Food Standards Agency (FSA), CIEH and the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).

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