The Future of Food Safety – Converting Certification to Competence

Highfield Food Safety CPD Event

The Future of Food Safety

As we welcome in the new year, like many of you, we’re also looking to and planning for the future. In 2019 we’re as committed as we’ve ever been to raising food safety standards through qualifications and supporting training. On Tuesday 19 February, Highfield Chairman Richard Sprenger will deliver two CPD sessions on what the future of food safety might look like.

These half-day CPD sessions will provide food safety trainers, training managers from corporate organisations, and enforcement officers with the chance to discuss our proposals for the future of food safety and HACCP training, share in Richard Sprenger’s knowledge and participate in our vision for improving food safety based on our global experience.

We’ve written the most popular books on food safety and, over the last 35 years, evolved into the UK’s leading provider of regulated food safety qualifications, training materials and e-learning.

Fifty years of promoting food safety in roles as diverse as enforcement officer, government adviser, director and chairman of an awarding organisation have given Richard an insight into food safety that is unrivalled. His passion has seen him travel the world working with trainers, large companies and government bodies to implement improvements to food safety standards.

It is this experience that ensures that not only are Highfield’s solutions to food-safety issues based on good science, but that they are pragmatic and practical for the real-world situations that occur in business.

Since 2010 Highfield, under the leadership of Richard, has been heavily involved in the implementation of the Dubai government’s mandated Person in Charge (PIC) Programme, a programme that has seen measurable and meaningful success in improving standards of food safety.  

This success has given Highfield the blueprint for a new way of implementing food safety and hygiene improvements. A way that sees the certificate reflect competency, rather than just a box-ticking exercise in the latest third-party audit or inspection.

At this event Highfield will unveil what we believe will be a significant step forward in converting ‘the certificate on the wall’ to genuine competence in the workplace, and provide food businesses with the means to accept the responsibility for food safety and HACCP within their business.

This is the ideal CPD event for anyone with responsibility for training or implementing food safety improvements.

Delegates can choose from two sessions, with one session in the morning and a second session taking place in the afternoon. The timings and the agenda can be seen below.


Morning session –

8.30 – 9.00am: Registration and refreshments
9.00-10.00am: Improving food safety
10.00-10.30am: HACCP in catering
10.30-10.45am: Break and refreshments
10.45am – 11.45am: The future of food safety: certified programmes and HACCP for catering v CODEX

Afternoon session –

12.45-1.15pm: Registration and refreshments
1.15-2.15pm: Improving food safety
2.15-2.45pm: HACCP in catering
2.45-3.00pm: Break and refreshments
3.00-4.00pm: The future of food safety: certified programmes and HACCP for catering v CODEX

Attendance at this event will award participants with 3 CPD hours.

Places cost £35+VAT for Highfield centres and £55+VAT for non-centres.

To book your place, click here or call 0845 226 0350/01302 363277.

EVENT: Highfield Regulated First-Aid Qualification Assessor and IQA Training

Highfield is hosting an event in Doncaster this autumn to clarify the requirements in relation to internal quality assurance and the assessment of the full suite of regulated first-aid qualifications.

Held on 13 November 2018 at our Academy House office in Doncaster, the workshop provides an overview of the assessment and IQA processes, and gives training providers already offering Highfield first-aid qualifications advice and guidance on best practice.

Although attendance at this CPD event does not provide a formal qualification in the areas of assessing or IQA, and can only be used in the context of first-aid qualifications, these first-aid events are unlike other CPD events as they offer more than just a certificate with points. The CPD certificate gained from this particular event also enables the holder to fulfil the role of an assessor and internal quality assurer for regulated first-aid qualifications and is formally recognised by the industry and awarding organisations alike.

The information delivered at the event is based on guidance issued by Skills for Health, The Resuscitation Council (UK) and the HSE, and acts as formal first-aid CPD training. This is different to previous first-aid orientation sessions that were designed simply to introduce current and prospective first-aid centres to Highfield paperwork.

Attendance at the event entitles delegates to 6 CPD points. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask our experts any questions you may have, as well as network with other professionals. Feedback from attendees and centres confirms that this is one of the most popular CPD events delivered by Highfield Qualifications.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Attendance costs £50 plus VAT for Highfield-approved training providers, and £80 plus VAT for others.

For more information, or to book your place, click here

EVENT: Education and Training event London 8 November 2018

Highfield will be holding an event in November for trainers interested in our education and training qualifications.

Held at the Holiday Inn, Mayfair, London, on 8 November 2018, the event will cover everything you need to know about the Highfield Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF) and the Highfield Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (RQF).

Key areas for discussion will be qualification content, delivery methods, and tutor, assessor and IQA requirements. You’ll also have the opportunity to discover the difference between delivering the learning and development units and non-learning and development units, as well as the education and training foundation and professional standards for teachers.

The event is suitable for centres already delivering the qualifications, as well as those looking to offer them in the future.

It is also ideal for those who have previously delivered PTLLS and want to understand more on the difference between the previous suite of teaching and training qualifications (PTLLS/CTLLS) and the new level 3 and level 4 education and training qualifications.

There also will be the chance to ask our experts questions throughout the day, and to network with professionals in your areas, with lunch and refreshments provided.

Delegate places start at just £50 plus VAT. Attendance entitles you to 6 CPD points.

To book your place, click here.

EVENT: Online learning & assessment with Highfield 13 September 2018

Highfield is hosting events in Bristol and Durham this autumn to explain more about our online learning and e-assessment offer.

These free-to-attend workshops are aimed at busy centre managers looking to improve their training offer and reduce costs through digital learning and assessment.

The events – on 13 September 2018 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Bristol, and 2 October 2018 at Radisson Blu, Durham – will give delegates the opportunity to trial a selection of our e-learning courses as we demonstrate the wide arrange of subjects we have to offer. 

We’ll also show you, step-by-step, how to navigate the Highfield Learner Management System (LMS), and show you how it gives you more control and flexibility when it comes to managing the courses you offer. 

Plus, you’ll receive a demonstration on how Highfield Works, our very own e-assessment system, helps save you time and money, all while providing you with the flexibility need to manage assessments, resits and certifications at the click of a button.

And don’t worry if you’re not the most tech-savvy person on the planet, our digital products are designed to be simple to use and easy to learn, so with our help you’ll be an expert in no time.

Morning and afternoon sessions at both events are available, so book your free place today at the links below:

Bristol event
Durham event 

Effective Delivery of Highfield Level 4 Qualifications

Do your learners struggle with the step up to level 4 food safety or HACCP?

Are pass rates not as high as you would hope? Or are your learners passing with lower marks than anticipated?

If the answer is ‘yes’ then our Effective Delivery of Level 4 Qualifications event is essential CPD!

As the market leader for regulated food safety qualifications, Highfield is committed to ensuring its centres can offer the finest food safety and HACCP qualifications on the market.

And as part of that commitment, we have recently reviewed and updated the assessment methods of our level 4 regulated qualifications in HACCP and food safety.

The changes to these qualifications have been made to ensure that Highfield qualifications continue to set the standard in food safety compliance to ensure continued relevance and to respond to and meet modern day issues.

Attendance at this event will provide 3 CPD points.

To book your place, click here.

Calling all food safety trainers and professionals!

This Autumn Highfield will host two half day food safety CPD workshops in Bristol. As the UKs market leader for regulated food safety qualifications, we are committed to ensuring that Highfield centres are kept up-to-date with the latest developments in the sector and best practice when it comes to delivering our qualifications.

Firstly, join us for our Effective Delivery of Highfield Level 4 Qualifications on the 9th October 2018. Ideal for centres who have learners who struggle with the step up to level 4 food safety or HACCP or have lower than expected pass rates, and learners passing with lower marks than anticipated, this event will put the focus on maximising results.

The event will put a spotlight on the recent changes that have recently been made to our level 4 qualifications and focus on the updated assessment criteria that ensures our qualifications offer continued relevance and ensure that they meet modern day issues.

The event will be delivered by Judith Hutchinson. Jude is one of Highfield’s subject matter experts for food safety and HACCP, moderates and marks all levels of food safety and HACCP exams, and is an experienced trainer. Jude has been delivering food safety and HACCP training, as well as working as a consultant, to food manufacturers, caterers and retailers, for many years.

Attending the Effective Delivery of Highfield Level 4 Qualifications event provides 3 CPD points and costs just £50 for Highfield Centres. Non-centres are welcome to attend and will be charged £80.

Book your place on this event here.

Then, on the 27th November we’ll run a Pest Management and Effective Cleaning CPD Event that brings together two excellent speakers from two hugely respected organisations.

Grahame Turner, Training Manager at Mitie Pest Control will run through the latest innovations in pest control including the growing role of technology within programmes of pest management. Vitally, Grahame’s talk focuses on how organisations can implement this new technology within their existing pest management programme.

Peter Littleton then comes to the fore with a cleaning update. Technical Director at Christeyns Food Hygiene and Vice-Chair & Training Services at SOFHT brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the room. Peter’s presentation on cleaning techniques and measuring efficacy highlights the importance of ensuring that the basics are covered, and that results are verified.

This half day event will provide attendees with 4 CPD points and costs just £50 for Highfield centres and £80 for non-centres.

Book your place on this event here.

Welcome To The World Of Online Learning & Assessment With Highfield

e-assessment and e-learning events

Join us for a guided tour through the process of utilising e-learning to blend your delivery before exploring the huge benefits that making the switch to e-assessment has to offer.

These sought-after events offer you the chance to trial a selection of our e-learning courses as we demonstrate the wide array of subjects Highfield has to offer. We’ll also show you, step-by-step, how to navigate the Highfield LMS, which can be accessed when you purchase any e-learning course with us.

Keen to save time, money and take more control over managing exams? Enjoy a live demonstration of Highfield Works, Highfield’s bespoke e-assessment system, designed to make assessments more straightforward and allow the flexibility you need to arrange resits.

Our Highfield e-learning and e-assessment products are so simple to use that, even if you’re not the most tech-savvy person on the planet, with our help you’ll be an expert in no time!

Best of all, these events are FREE to attend! Choose between a morning or afternoon session at the following locations: 

Thursday 13 September – DoubleTree by Hilton, Bristol.

Tuesday 2 October – Radisson Blu, Durham. 

Can’t make either of the above dates? Keep a close eye on our Events page for future dates and locations.

Food technology conference with SoFHT

Food hygiene and technology professionals from across the country will get the chance to hear the latest news and updates from some of the top experts at special conference next February.

Hosted by the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SoFHT) and supported by Highfield Qualifications, the Back to Basics: The Next Generation conference will take place on 13 February 2018 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, and will give delegates the change to hear first hand about the latest research and technology.

Speakers and topics covered on the day will include:
  • Hand Hygiene – Tracey Black – DEB
  • Labelling and Coding Verification Systems  – Jude Mason – Succour 
  • Allergen Risks and Controls – Barbara Hirst – RSSL 
  • Pest Control Threats and Solutions – John Simmons – Acheta 
  • Cleaning Technology and Verification – Peter Littleton – Klenzan 
  • Training Shortfalls and Solutions – Jude Hutchinson – Highfield Qualifications 
As well as Q&A panels throughout the day, the presentations will be supported by an extensive exhibition of 20 businesses showcasing their products and services, where delegates can learn from the experts and informally network with their peers.

Tickets cost £99 plus VAT for Highfield Approved Centres, and £145 for non-Highfield centres.

To find out more, go to the Highfield events section here

If you would like to find out more about exhibition opportunities, please contact Phil Shaw on 07818 571261 or SoFHT on 01827 872500.

Food security expert Professor Chris Elliott issues warning

food security expert Chris Griffith

Professor Chris Elliott, author of the Elliott Review into the 2013 horse meat scandal

Food security expert warns the UK is facing the greatest threat to the integrity of its food supply since World War II.

Professor Chris Elliott, who was appointed by the government to investigate the horsemeat scandal in 2013 that saw up to 50,000 horses disappear from across Europe, has warned that a combination of factors such as Brexit and global warming mean the country’s food supply is potentially less secure than at any point in the last 70 years.

Speaking at a conference of food industry experts this autumn, the professor warned that:

  • the UK is not yet prepared for the many challenges that Brexit will pose to the safe supply and production of food. Compromises on food safety standards is a real and immediate threat
  • lack of action on global warming is leading to the increase in incidences of disease and drought that have already devastated some of the food commodities we have come to rely on
  • increased price pressure on food suppliers continues to increase the risk for food fraud as farmers and producers struggle to meet the lower prices demanded by retailers

The professor, who is the founder of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast, issued the warning at the Food Fraud, Culture and Modern Catering Processes conference in Doncaster on 26 September 2017, hosted by Highfield Qualifications, one of the UK’s leading exam boards.

Professor Elliott said, ‘As a country we need to seriously begin considering how we ‘future proof’ the integrity of our food supply in the face of the challenges coming in the next few years. To understand what we are eating, where it comes from and how it was produced are of fundamental importance to regaining trust. To reconnect with our food system should be considered a national imperative’.

He added, ‘We have made good progress on the issue of food fraud since the publication of the Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks in 2014. However, although food fraud remains a priority to those of us concerned with the integrity of our food supply, we need to be versatile and responsive in how we deal with other – potentially greater – challenges to come, especially around Brexit and global warming’.

The Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks – Final Report: A National Food Crime Prevention Framework can be found at   

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Notes to editors:
1. Highfield Qualifications is one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations, offering over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including food safety, customer service, health and safety, licensing, security, stewarding, retail, logistics, catering and hospitality.

2. The Food Fraud, Culture and Modern Catering Processes conference took place at Doncaster Racecourse on 26 September 2017, and featured presentations from Professor Chris Elliott (Director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast), Andy Morling (Head of the National Food Crime Unit, FSA), Sterling Crew (Institute of Food Science and Technology), Simon Flanagan (RSSL) and Peter Littleton (Klenzan).

Don’t miss out on the food safety event of the year!

food safety event of the yearWith less than two months to go until Highfield hosts the food safety event of the year at Doncaster Racecourse, we are pleased to announce that the conference agenda is now live!

Covering key topics across the sector, Food Fraud, Culture & Modern Catering Processes will provide delegates with the knowledge and understanding to improve existing food strategies and procedures within their businesses.


 09:00-09:45 Registration and Exhibition Viewing  
 09:45-10:00   Welcome & Chair

Richard Sprenger
Highfield Qualifications

 10:00-10:45   Delivering a Food Safety Culture

Sterling Crew

Institute of Food Science and Technology   

 10:45-11:15   Break and Exhibition Viewing  
 11:15-12:00   Taking the Risk Out of Allergen Risk Assessments   

Simon Flanagan


 12:00-12:45   Modern Catering Low-temperature Techniques

Dr Andy Bowles

ABC Food Law   

 12:45-13:45 Lunch and Exhibition Viewing  
 13:45-14:30 Challenges to the Integrity of the Global Food Supply System

Professor Chris Elliott

Queens University Belfast      

 14:30-15:15   Food Safety Offences & Sentencing (Food Crime Unit Update)

Andy Morling

Food Standards Agency

 15:15-16:00   Minimising Accidental Food Fraud

Peter Littleton


 16:00   Event Closes  

You’ll also get the chance to:

  • purchase Highfield training materials with an exclusive conference discount
  • view products and services from a host of exhibitors
  • network with colleagues from across the food sector
  • get authoritative guidance and advice from industry professionals

The conference takes place on Tuesday 26 September 2017 at Doncaster Racecourse.Tickets are priced at £170 + VAT for Highfield centres and £210 + VAT for non-centres.

To book a place for yourself and/or a colleague, you can book here. Alternatively, call us on 0845 226 0350/ 01302 363277 or email

And one last thing, if you aren’t already a member of our Food Safety Forum on LinkedIn, join today for free to receive updates, news and information from food safety trainers, consultants, practitioners and indsutry professionals, alongside continuous networking opportunties and exclusive promotions.