Quality Council of India introduces ‘india ghp’ and ‘india haccp certifiation’ schemes based on globally accepted codex standards
Codex standards on GMP/GHP/HACCP are widely accepted around the world and many countries have incorporated them into their regulations. Food businesses in India are required to show compliance to these standards by a variety of stakeholders – customers, regulators etc. However, there was no structured mechanism available locally for showing compliance and therefore, foreign and even private standards based on Codex standards had to be used.
The Quality Council of India (QCI) has launched ‘India GHP’ and ‘India HACCP Creation’ Schemes in November 2017 based Codex standards. The details of the Schemes are available on QCI website at the link http://www.qcin.org/India%20GHP%20&%20India%20HACCP.php. These schemes will help India food chain related industry to demonstrate compliance to global standards without having to go for costly and time consuming foreign certifications as many countries have mandated Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) for high risk sectors like meat, fisheries, dairy etc. and most developed countries have also mandated Good Hygienic Practices (GHP) across all food sector.
Further, the Department of Commerce vide OM no.F.No.K.44025/6/2017-TPD dated 08 November 2017 has also endorsed these Schemes. FSSAI is also encouraging the food industry to aim for India HACCP standard through its Licensing Regulations and has placed the information on the Schemes under Best Practices on its regulatory portal http://food regulatory.fssai.gov.in/All%20Docs/Safe%20Food%20Practices/IndiaHACCP%20Certification%20Criteria%20Oct%202017.pdf
The Schemes have been endorsed by Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI) as well by giving a provision of financial assistance to the Food Business Operators as detailed in the following link. http://mofpi.nic.in/Schemes/implementation-haccp-iso-22000-iso-9000-ghp-gmp-etc
Agriculture and Processed Food Export Promotion Scheme of APEDA for the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (2017-18 to 2019-20) has provided for subsidizing cost of certification for India GHP and India HACCP certification schemes endorsed/approved by Quality Council of I India (QCI)