SFDA Implements Mandatory Certification for Food and Water Factories

  • 9/3/2021

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has started implementing mandatory ISO 22000 and HACCP certification for bottled water and food factories in Saudi Arabia.

The SFDA Food programme will now include the mandatory certification of food and bottled water factories in Saudi Arabia.

To facilitate this process, SFDA has appointed Cotecna, as one of its accredited bodies, to issue compliance and HACCP certifications.

According to SFDA Circular 16268 issued on the 24th of January 2021, bottled water and food factories must apply the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) System with immediate effect.

Under the previous circulars (54033 and 23250) the implementation of the HACCP system was optional. However, the recent update now makes the certification mandatory.

The certifications for food and bottled water factories with ISO 22000 and HACCP certifications issued before 2020, by bodies not accredited by the SFDA, will remain valid until their expiration. However, these factories must obtain an ISO 22000 or HACCP certification from an SFDA accredited body, like Cotecna, before their current certificates expire.

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