VACCP & Food Defence

Course Summary

A one-day course that deals with the various issues head-on to identify threats and areas of weakness within existing Food Safety Management Systems. Knowledge of TACCP (Threat Analysis and Critical Control Points) and VACCP (Vulnerability Assessment and Critical Control Points) is essential if you are to avoid the potential for food fraud throughout your supply chain.

This course has been specifically designed to assist you in meeting the requirements of various standards relating to product authenticity, including the BRC Standard for Food Safety (Issue 8) clause 5.4. You will also gain the knowledge and skills to conduct a Raw Material Vulnerability Assessment and will be guided through the methodology required in order to prevent intentional contamination of ingredients within your supply chain.

Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications are required but an understanding of food safety and HACCP management systems would be beneficial.

Course Structure & Content

The course is delivered in a workshop format which includes exercises, group tasks and discussions. It covers the following:

  • Need for Threat and Vulnerability Assessment

  • Overview, Types of Attack and Attacker


  • VACCP – Vulnerability Risk Assessment

    • Definitions, At Risk Foods, Information Sources

    • VACCP Tools and Process

    • Risk Assessment

  • VACCP Exercises

  • Controls and Review

  • TACCP – Food Defence

    • PAS96:2017

    • Key Questions

  • TACCP Process

    • How to Conduct a TACCP Study

    • Threats to a Food Business Operation

    • Assessing Threats, Risk Assessment

    • Protection Measures

  • TACCP Reporting – using case studies from PAS96:2017

  • Contingency Planning, Incident Response

  • Review & Maintenance

  • Q&A, Discussion


There is no formal assessment on this course.

VACCP & Food Defence

1 day

Study options
Delivery at Provider Premises, on site at customer premises or remote delivery


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