The Commission Notice 2022/C 355/01 on the implementation of food safety management systems covering Good Hygiene Practices and procedures based on the HACCP principles, including the facilitation / flexibility of the implementation in certain food businesses was published on 16 September 2022 in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Following changes in legislation, the revision of the Codex Alimentarius general principles of food hygiene and the revision of international standards, in particular ISO 22000, a revision of the 2016 Notice was considered appropriate. This Notice, which replaces the 2016 Notice, aims to facilitate and harmonize the implementation of EU requirements on Good Hygiene Practices (GHP) and procedures based on the HACCP-based procedures as parts of Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS). As a general guidance, it is primarily intended for competent authorities to create a common understanding of the legal requirements and for food businesses to provide support in implementing the EU regulations after company-specific adaptions. It also provides tools and examples to all food business operators of how to implement the EU requirements. Furthermore, practical guidance is provided on the following topics:
- Relevant legislation, link between GHP, PRPs and HAAC-based procedures as parts of the FSMS; relationship with international standards and training and the guides to GHP;
- Implementation of GHP including the flexibility provided for certain food establishments by EU legislation related to their implementation (Annex I);
- Implementation of HACCP-based procedures including the flexibility provided for certain food establishments by EU legislation related to their implementation (Annex II);
- FSMS Audits (Annex III).