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Hygienic Design – what it is, why it’s important, and who can help (IFST Webinar)

October 26, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Organised by IFST Food Processing SIG

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Book direct with IFST: https://www.ifst.org/events/1173/ifst-webinar-hygienic-design-%E2%80%93-what-it-is-why-it%E2%80%99s-important-and-who-can-help

IFST member – Free

Non-IFST member – £25.00


Hygienic Design (designing something that is easy to clean and food contact compliant) is a key factor in the maintenance of food safety and quality. It has been championed in Europe by the European Hygienic Engineering Design Group (EHEDG) for over 25 years but, despite this, awareness of hygienic design principles and their application within the food industry is still limited.

Eric Partington is Chair of EHEDG UK:IE and will introduce EHEDG, and explain the principles of hygienic design, and why they are important.

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) maintains a scheme to benchmark food safety standards, including that operated by BRCGS. The 2020 GFSI benchmark requirements now include those related to the hygienic design of food facilities and equipment (scopes, JI and JII).

What participants will learn about:

  • What is Hygienic Design and why is it important
  • Who are EHEDG and how can they help?
  • What are the requirements of GFSI Hygienic Design scopes JI & JII and how can they be achieved?
  • What are the requirements for Hygienic Design in BRCGS issue 9?

Target audience: Food industry Technical, Engineering, Food Safety, Hygiene, Quality, and Purchasing Managers.

Chair: Debra Smith, Global Hygiene Specialist, Vikan

Deb Smith is a Fellow of IFST with over 35 years of food safety/research training and experience. She has previously worked for DEFRA (Food Safety Division) and CampdenBRI (Food Hygiene Research Manager), and is now the Global Hygiene Specialist at Vikan, providing food safety advice and training to the food industry. Deb is a qualified Microbiologist and Food Scientist, and regularly presents her work at national and international food safety events. She is also an active Committee Member of EHEDG, current Chair of the Campden BRI Microbiology MIG, a newly appointed Director at SoFHT, and sits on the IFST Scientific Committee.

Speaker: Eric Partington, Consultant Metallurgist, the Nickel Institute

Eric is a Metallurgist and a European Consultant to the Nickel Institute, specialising in the application of stainless steels in the food and beverage industry. He has presented and published extensively on EU food safety legislation, the selection of food contact materials and the hygienic design of food-processing equipment in the UK, Europe and Asia.  Eric chairs the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group’s Technical Working Group which produced Guideline Document No. 32: Materials of Construction for Equipment in Contact with Food and he is Chairman of the Regional Section of EHEDG which serves the UK & Ireland.

Speaker: John Holah, Principal Corporate Scientist, Kersia Group

From January 2021, John became the Principal Corporate Scientist: Food Safety and Public Health for the Kersia Group, having been the Technical Director at Holchem Laboratories Ltd prior to the acquisition of Holchem by Kersia.  Prior to this John spent most of his working life at Campden BRI where he was Head of Food Hygiene, for more than 20 years.

John is also an Honorary Professor in Food Safety and Hygienic Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

He has supported the works of the European Hygienic Engineering Design Group (EHEDG), International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) for many years, has chaired various ISO and CEN committees on hygienic design and chemical disinfection and sits on government committees on food safety and hospital acquired infections.

Speaker: Nigel Blitz, Food Safety Systems Specialist, Campden BRI

Nigel joined Campden BRI as a food management systems specialist in 2019, following more than 20 years of experience as food, hygiene, and quality manager across a broad range of food and beverage manufacturing environments.

Nigel helps the industry by providing consultancy in environmental monitoring, internal factory design (to ensure it complies with BRCGS) and other factory hygiene-related issues. In addition, Nigel teaches food technology and microbiology courses and helps update guidance on the cleaning and disinfection of food factories. I am currently the Secretary of the UKIE Committee of EHEDG.

Live Q&A: Debra Smith, Eric Partington, John Holah, and Nigel Blitz