What Is HARPC?
(Also known as Preventive Controls)

FAQ – FSPCA PC Rules for Human Food

Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Prevention Controls, or HARPC is a set of requirements similar to the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, or HACCP. HACCP requirements apply to low-acid canned food, seafood, and juice processors. In comparison, HARPC applies to nearly all food facilities.

Processing CansUnder the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the FDA requires the food industry to implement comprehensive, preventive controls across the food supply chain. Thus, all food facilities that fall under the FSMA Act must conduct HARPC, and establish science-based preventive controls to reduce the risk of contamination. This means the food industry must understand how the risk-based rules of HARPC compare to the rules of HACCP. They must also have a process in place to achieve and maintain compliance with the FSMA law for preventing risk of contamination.

HARPC enforces preventive controls to find potential risks or threats to the food supply chain. It also requires suppliers to have a corrective actions plan in place proactively to prevent contamination.

Any facility that manufactures, processes, packs, distributes, receives, holds, or imports food can benefit from HARPC. For more information on HARPC compliance or to receive a free quote or information on training, contact us at: 1-877-663-1160 for a Project Manager in your area!