Steps to a custom food control plan

Manufacturers of high-risk foods will need to develop a custom food control plan and register it with MPI to meet the requirements of the Food Act. Other businesses can also choose this type of plan to personalise the way they manage food safety. We've created a step-by-step process so you can see what's involved.

What is a custom food control plan?

A food control plan (FCP) is a comprehensive plan for managing food safety. A custom FCP is a plan you develop to suit your business. In the plan, you need to identify the food safety risks involved in what you do, and show how you will manage them.

Use your plan to comply with the law, and let customers know their food is safe.

You will need to:

  • develop your plan
  • have it evaluated
  • register it with MPI, and renew your registration each year
  • get checked by a verifier (auditor)
  • follow your plan to make safe food.

Read the Guide to help develop your custom food control plan, and then follow the steps on this page to register your plan.

Guide to help develop your custom food control plan [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Get your plan ready in time

From 1 March 2016, all new businesses must register their plans under the Food Act 2014 before they make or sell food.

If you're an existing business, you can keep operating under your current registration but you will have to change over (register your new FCP) by a set date. Check the transition timetable to see when you'll need to register your new FCP.

If you already have a food safety programme, you have until 30 November 2018 to apply to register under the new Act.

Who to contact

If you have questions about food control plans, email

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