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All food manufacturing businesses have a responsibility to implement a food safety management system based on HACCP principles.

As part of routine inspections, FSA enforcement officers will check that a business has an appropriate food safety management system in place.

This is a system which involves analysis of manufacturing procedures at all stages to identify hazards; these hazards would then be analysed by the food safety system manager or HACCP Manager. On the basis of the findings the business should put in place a system which includes critical control points at key stages where higher levels of risk are identified. This enables a business to use procedures to reduce risk and make sure food is safe to eat.

Each food manufacturing business should have a system tailored to their particular production process. The size and complexity of the system will vary based on size and complexity of the business.

HACCP qualifications

Suite purpose

These qualifications are designed for food handlers and supervisors who are already working in, or preparing to work in food manufacturing or in food supply chain operative, supervisory or management roles. 

Level 2 HACCP qualifications cover the principles of HACCP based food safety systems, as well as the principles of food safety for manufacturing. These are suitable for operative level roles.

Level 3 HACCP qualifications cover the principles of HACCP for food manufacturing and are suitable for supervisory roles within the food supply chain.

Level 4 HACCP qualifications cover the principles of HACCP for food manufacturing and are suitable for management roles within the food supply chain.

FDQ Level 2 Award in HACCP Based Food Safety Systems in Manufacturing

FDQ Level 2 Award in HACCP-Based Food Safety Systems

Qualification structure

FDQ Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing

FDQ Level 4 Award in HACCP Management for Food Manufacturing

Learning focused qualifications

Trained and assessed in a learning or college environment, these qualifications are also known as vocationally-related qualifications (VRQs).

They are designed to support progression to the next level of learning.  

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FDQ at the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) 2017 Awards


The FDQ team are all attending the FAB awards evening in Leicester tonight (19 October).  As a result the office will be closed from approximately 4pm today, reopening at 11am tomorrow.

If you need to contact us during this time, please email us at fdq@fdq.org.uk and we will respond as quickly as possible.

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Qualification review


A number of our products require review, feedback from our centres is essential in ensuring FDQ qualifications continue to meet the needs of our centres, the food industry and its workforce. The qualifications affected can be found here.

If you would like to provide feedback please contact Jo Sterritt at fdq@fdq.org.uk

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