Guides for self-checking

Belgian food safety certification systems

TÜV NORD INTEGRA covers the majority of the self-checking guides for the food industry.

Why introduce a self-checking system?

It is a legal obligation for all operators that are active within the food chain to develop a self-checking system in relation to food safety, legal quality and the traceability of any food produced (Royal Decree of 14 November 2003). In order to implement these legal requirements, you can use the ‘self-checking guide’ created by and for the purposes of the specific sector. This document, which has been approved by the Federal Food Safety Agency, contains recommendations regarding how legal hygiene, traceability and self-checking requirements can be fulfilled.

Why have a self-checking system validated?

The validation of a self-checking system is not obligatory but is encouraged by the Federal Food Safety Agency and offers the following benefits:

  • the presence of a validated self-checking system is taken into account when the annual contribution is being determined: companies with a validated self-checking system pay significantly less while companies without validation must pay extra (bonus/penalty system).
  • companies with a validated self-checking system are inspected by the Federal Food Safety Agency less frequently.

Your self-checking system can be validated by the Federal Food Safety Agency or by a Federal Food Safety Agency recognised certification body such as TÜV NORD INTEGRA.

Combined audits

In case you decide to certify your self-checking system by TÜV NORD Intgra, you have the additional benefit that we, in contrast with the FAFSC, can simultaneously audit also other food safety management system such as BRC and IFS. Combined audits are financially interesting because we take into account the technical overlay between the different standards. 

Which self-checking guides can be validated by TÜV NORD INTEGRA?
G-001 animal feed G-014 potatoes-vegetables-fruit G-025 industrial kitchens
G-002 dairy G-017 road transport and storage G-026 bread and confectionery
G-003 butchers G-018 abattoirs/butcheries for hoofed animals G-027 coffee roasting houses
G-005 ice-cream G-019 meat products/ready meals and salads G-032 fish
G-006 poultry abattoirs/butcheries G-020 mills G-038 grains/agro supplies
G-007 retailers G-022 chocolate, biscuit, confectionery G-039 wholesalers
G-011 nutritional supplements G-023 horeca

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