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Key – Those standards which have greater significance (all other standards are normal)

Recommendation – Those which do not affect certification

New – A completely new standard which the member must now adhere to

Revised – A standard that has changed and requires the member to take some different or additional action to before

Upgraded – The standard has been upgraded to a Key standard or from a Recommendation to a full standard

Appendix – Referenced in ‘How you will be measured’. Indicates that additional information is provided in the Appendices, which are available at the end of each section.

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Documentation Requirements



Participants must produce and implement their own set of operating procedures that incorporate the requirements of this standard.



The QMS must be appropriately documented. Documentation must refer to all the requirements for the QMS described in section 1.1 • Documents required by the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system (see 4.1) are also required



All records must be kept for a minimum of two years, unless longer periods are required by legislation.