Costs and time are an important factor when making the decision whether to become certified.
We are often asked, "How long will it take my organization to get ready for certification?". This is an important question for planning, but the answer is not cut and dry. The answer is, "It depends". What we want to communicate here is exactly what the time frame depends on, and how you can get an idea of what the answer will be for your project. It may take anywhere from 6 to 12 months or more to prepare. Some companies are able to shorten that time frame, and some have to lengthen it. The biggest factor influencing this is the state of your current systems. This includes:
Your current practices for GMPs or PRPs
Your HACCP Plan
If you have GMPs/PRPs in place, and a strong HACCP plan implemented you have a good start on the project. The next factor is what type of management system you have in place. This would include processes such as:
One of the best ways to identify how much of the requirements you already meet, and which ones you need implement processes or make changes to address, is to perform a Gap Analysis. Use a checklist with all of the requirements of the standard, and systematically evaluate your current way of doing things. Identify which requirements you meet, and which you do not. Put each of the items that you do not comply with on a project task list. You can then start to assign responsibilities and a timeline to each of the tasks.
The implementation costs to consider include
You can reduce your implementation and training costs by using the effective online implementation tools and training that we offer. Our online implementation & training packages are very affordable. All the requirements are covered: documentation, employee training, food safety team training, internal auditor training. Detailed step-by-step tutorials, plans and task lists guide you along the way.