Good Operating Practice

Following Good Operating Practice (GOP) helps you to control relevant food hazards and makes it easier for you to meet regulatory requirements.

What is GOP

GOP describes a range of actions that, either individually or in combination, contribute to the production of safe and suitable food.

Good Operating Practice may also be described as:

  • Good Hygienic Practice
  • Good Manufacturing Practice
  • Good Agricultural Practice
  • supporting systems
  • prerequisite programmes

GOP clarifies the practices that your business follows to establish an appropriate environment and hygienic conditions for making safe and suitable food. MPI recommends that you have GOP in place and operating effectively before you apply Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) to the direct processes and inputs.

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The difference between HACCP and GOP

GOP procedures are generally facility-wide programmes covering such aspects as personal hygiene, staff training, cleaning and sanitation, allergen management and more. They tend to deal more indirectly with food safety by addressing the issues that can affect the safety of the food as it passes through the business. HACCP manages particular hazards associated with a specific food product (or group of products) and the processes you use.

Who uses GOP

All food businesses are expected to implement GOP. In some cases, legislation requires it to be documented. Sometimes having GOP in place is enough to control all the hazards that might prevent you from providing safe and suitable food.

Keeping up to date

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Who to contact

If you have questions about Good Operating Practice, email

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