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Standards and norms

Audit – this word always causes a stir in production.

Conscious food companies use the requirements of standards and norms to develop their processes and improve organizational efficiency.

In other companies, the implemented procedures are “launched” shortly before the annual audit – often based on unreliable data.

The Operator platform allows our customers to meet the formal requirements of food industry standards while reducing the workload – and most importantly, maximizing the benefits of the process.

Which standards and norms are the most popular in Poland?

Polish food companies must meet a range of industry norms and standards – depending on their size, raw materials processed, products produced or target market. Some of the most popular standards include:


HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points. HACCP is a food safety management system that identifies, evaluates and controls health risks associated with the production, processing and distribution of food. It is a globally recognized and applied standard that aims to ensure food safety for consumers.

Enterprises engaged in the production or marketing of food in Poland are required to develop and implement a procedure in the plant based on the principles of the HACCP system, within the framework of which the entrepreneur himself can determine the methods and manner of internal control.

ISO 22000

ISO 22000: an ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standard for food, which deals with the Food Safety Management System. It is an international standard that specifies requirements for managing food safety throughout the supply chain.

ISO 22000 is based on the previously mentioned HACCP principles and a risk management approach to ensure food safety. The standard covers a wide range of aspects related to food safety, such as supplier control, hygiene management, production process management, production environment, personnel training, emergency management and more.


BRC stands for British Retail Consortium, which has developed its own standard for food manufacturers, the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety. Today it is one of the most recognized standards in the food industry. It is widely used in the UK, but also worldwide. The BRC standard covers requirements for quality management, food safety, production environment, hygiene, personnel and risk management processes. Certification to the BRC standard gives food manufacturers the opportunity to demonstrate compliance with quality requirements, which increases customer confidence and enables access to retail markets.

IFS Food Standard

IFS is the International Featured Standard, an organization of German and French consortia of food retailers. IFS is the author of, among others. IFS Food – a standard popular among food companies also in Poland.

This IFS Food standard focuses on ensuring that food producers meet the highest food safety standards and legal and regulatory requirements. IFS Food covers various areas such as quality management, risk management, production process management, production environment, supplier inspection, personnel training, as well as audits and compliance assessment.