Is HACCP a legal requirement?

According to the ‘Warenwetregeling Hygiëne’ law, all foodstuff companies must set up an HACCP-plan. This law applies since December 14th, 1994. The HACCP-plan is (mandatory) sent to the ‘Keuringsdienst van Waren’, who assess whether the plan satisfies the legal requirements from the ‘Warenwetregeling hygiëne van levensmiddelen’ legislation. If these requirements are not followed, prosecution may be the consequence. To see whether the HACCP plan works in practice, a controller will visit for an inspection.