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Highfield Manager in Charge Programme


The Highfield Manager in Charge Programme (HMIC) offers a practical approach to food safety that is based on good international practice and built on 7 years of successfully implementing similar programmes in the Middle East and Asia. The programme provides the owner/board the tools to take responsibility for food safety without the need to rely on inspections by third parties to identify failings. It will assist in protecting profits and minimise the risk of food poisoning.

Who is it for?

The programme is designed for catering and retail businesses who are serious about improving food safety in their organisation. The HMIC Programme is not about a certificate on the wall, but is about sustained and efficient improvements to food safety with the food business.

The manager in charge (MIC) in your business should be an established supervisor or manager who is keen to make improvements, and can take responsibility for staff hygiene and monthly audits of the business.

What is HMIC?

HMIC is a programme that combines four qualifications into a total food safety solution for your business. On the successful completion of the programme, the certified manager will be knowledgeable enough to assume overall responsibility for food safety within the business.

The successful MIC will receive the following qualifications:

  1. Level 3 Award in Food Safety in Catering (RQF)
  2. Level 3 Award in Auditing and Inspection (RQF)
  3. Level 3 Award in Food Allergen Management in Catering (RQF)
  4. Level 3 International Award in HACCP for Catering

And will:

  • be responsible for the daily food safety of your business including the on-the-job training of food handlers to ensure their competence
  • be responsible for dealing with all customers’ food complaints
  • be trained in HACCP and internal auditing
  • be responsible for carrying out monthly internal audits and liaising with enforcement officers, third-party auditors, pest control, and cleaning and training companies
  • need to undertake food safety CPD relevant to the organisation and keep a portfolio of evidence to prove they are keeping themselves up to date with food safety information relevant to the sector

The successful learner will also be presented with an HMIC certificate, which is renewable annually provided they have undertaken monthly audits of the food business and advised managers of any failings. They will also need to keep themselves up to date by achieving a minimum of 24 CPD hours per annum.

HMIC for Business

Businesses involved may apply for a ‘Highfield Certificate of Excellence in Managing Food Safety (for the Business)’, confirming their participation in the Highfield Manager in Charge Programme. This certificate can be renewed annually provided they have remedied the failings identified by the audits, there are no contraindications, and have trained at least 50% of their food handlers and 50% of their managers to level 2 food safety and level 3 food safety respectively.

Highfield Manager in Charge Programme Specification

If you would like further information on the Highfield Manager in Charge Programme, please contact Richard Sprenger on rsprenger@highfield.co.uk or call 009714 449 4042.