• Food Industry Abbreviations & Acronyms

      Here is a list of the definitions for abbreviations and acronyms that are used within the food manufacturing industry.

      18th Edition Electrical engineering qualification
      5s  Continuous Improvement techniques - Sorting, Stabilizing, Sweeping, Standardizing and Sustaining 
      APAC Asia Pacific 
      BRC British Retail Consortium
      BRCGS Brand Reputation Compliance Global Standards
      CAD Computer-aided design
      CAPEX Capital Expenditure
      CCP Critical Control Point(s)
      CIEH Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
      CIM Chartered Institute of Marketing
      CIPD Chartered Institute of Personnel Development
      CIPS Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
      CNC Computerised Numerically Controlled
      COMAH Control of Major Accident Hazards
      COSHH Control of Substances Hazardous to Health
      CPC Certificate of Professional Competence – driving
      CPMU Complaints Per Million Units
      EFSIS European Food Standards Inspection Services
      EHO Environmental Health Organisation
      EMEA Europe Africa Middle East
      EPD Existing Product Development
      ERP Electronic Resource Planning – Software system used in planning
      Evolve / Inspire Sainsbury's Specification System
      FDA United States Food and Drug Administration
      FIND M&S Specification System
      FIR Food Information Regulations
      FMCG Fast Moving Consumer Goods
      FSMS Food Safety Management System
      FSQA Food Safety and Quality Assurance
      FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification
      GDP Good Distribution Practice
      GFSI Global Food Safety Initiative
      GLP Good Laboratory Practices
      GMP Good Manufacturing Practice
      HACCP Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point
      Hamilton Grant  Generic Specification System 
      Hive ASDA specification system
      HORECA Hotels, restaurants and cafes
      IEHO Institute of Environmental Health Officers
      IFST Institute of Food Science & Technology
      IOSH Institution of Occupational Safety & Health
      IPD Institute of Personnel Development
      ISO International Organization for Standardization
      ISO9001/2 British Quality Classification Code
      Kaizen Philosophy used in Continuous Improvement - designed to involve everyone in manufacturing from the top to bottom 
      KPI Key Performance Indicator
      MCreate   Morrisons Specification System
      MRP Material Requirements Planning – production planning & inventory control systems
      MRP Materials Resource Planning
      My Core  Co-operative Specification System
      NEBOSH National Examination Board in Occupational Safety & Health
      NEBSM National Examination Board of Supervisory Management
      NPD New Product Development
      NPI New Product Introduction
      OEE Overall Equipment Effectiveness
      P&L Profit and Loss
      PIU Product integrity unit
      PPE Personal Protective Equipment
      PPM Planned Preventative Maintenance (Reactive Maintenance)
      PRP Prerequisite Programme
      QA Quality Assurance
      Qadex Generic Specification System
      QC Quality Control

      Quality, Environment, Safety & Health

      QMS Quality Management System
      RCA Root Cause Analysis
      RIPHH Royal Institute of Public Health & Hygiene
      RTITB Counter Balance Fork Lift Truck Licence
      SALSA Safe and local supplier auditing
      SAP Systems and Procedures 
      SIX SIGMA Used in Continuous Improvement / Lean Manufacturing - qualified people are graded by belt colour with black being the highest 
      SKU Stock Keeping Unit
      SOP Standard Operating Procedure
      SQF Safe Quality Foods
      SSoW Safe System of Work
      TACCP Threat Assessment Critical Control Point
      Tesco Quality Connect Tesco Specification System
      TQC Total Quality Concepts
      TQM Total Quality Management
      VACCP Vulnerability Assessment Critical Control Point
      Waitrose Product Pathway Waitrose Specification System
      Wave Lidl Specification System