An understanding of management systems and improvements to processes

Management and operational systems in the food and agricultural field

The food and agriculture sector has its own particular features, and Eurocontrol’s experience in this field translates into the following services on offer:



1.The development and introduction of Systems according to the UNE EN ISO 9001:2000 Standard

The development and introduction of this type of management system, on a voluntary basis, is based on three fundamental pillars on which to sustain the pursuit of the different activities which promote the creation of business:

  • A focus on Process
  • The client’s satisfaction
  • On-going Improvement

2. Development and Introduction of Self-Control Systems (APPCC-Analysis of Hazards, and Critical Control Points)

This line of collaboration is related to the regulatory framework whose installation is mandatory and is in response to a sector need so that the responsibility for the hygiene-sanitary quality of the product is placed in the hands of the Organisation itself, and is controlled by it.

3. The development and introduction of Management Systems applied to Inspection Entities (UNE EN ISO 17020) or Product Certifiers (UNE EN 45011)

4. The development and introduction of Management Systems applied to Analysis Laboratories (UNE EN ISO 17025)

5. The design of Specifications, Standards or Regulations which are applicable to food and agriculture sectors or products



The aim of an Environmental Management System is to make the tools which are needed for an on-going improvement to an Organisation’s environmental performance available, and to ensure that the installations and activities are in line with the environmental legal requirements which are applicable to them.

Some of the benefits which arise from their introduction are evident:

  • saving in costs resulting from better management of resources, and
  • reduced risk of penalties for breach of the environmental provisions.
  • Environmental Analyses
  • Environmental Diagnoses
  • Consultancy on compliance with the legal environmental requirements
  • The development and introduction of an Environmental Management System in the terms of the UNE EN ISO 14001:2004 Standard



In this section, the models applicable to the mainly farming sector are broken down, although some have their counterparts in the livestock sector. The introduction of these production systems:

  • Generates new systems for production, which promotes the diversification of farming activities.
  • Secures greater added value for products
  • Protects and enhances the natural environment
  • Guarantees the commercialisation of “safe products”

The following are the most important:

  • Controlled Production (Set of UNE 155000 Standards)



The food and agriculture sector has in recent years been a focus for the creation of a multiplicity of Standards to be implanted on a voluntary basis. Such systems affect not just the levels of primary production but also the handling and packaging facilities, and materialise as a result of the acknowledgement of Organisations and their products with their clients, mainly of international character and for the most part focused on Food Security and Hygiene (and providing backup for the obligation to comply with the development and implementation of self-control systems, among other requisites).

  • BRC and IFS Systems
  • A food safety system according to the UNE EN ISO 22001 Standard



EUROCONTROL develops training services which are appropriate for the Organisations’ training needs such as courses and seminars, or the definition, development and imparting of training plans for companies and associations in the fields of Quality, Environmental Management, Process Management, Improvement of processes, the Environment, Food Security, etc.