Course Details

Developing a Mature Food Safety Culture (PAS 320) Training Course

Course Area

Food Safety

Course Duration

2 Days

Continuing Education Units


Course Fee

USD $950.00

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Course Details

Course Description:

What factor features in nearly all food safety incidents and recalls? People and the way they behave in relation to the food they grow, process, and serve to customers.

All organizations must now demonstrate their commitment to building and sustaining a mature culture of food safety, to comply with FSMS audits and regulatory requirements. Food safety is now the responsibility of everyone working within a food organization.

PAS 320 has been developed as a freely available guide for the industry on how to measure and develop the organization's food safety culture, and this course will enable the organization’s food safety culture ‘guiding coalition team’ to work towards implementing these guidelines.

You will learn the meaning and breadth of food safety culture and be able to correlate it with elements of their food safety management system (FSMS) and wider organizational culture.

Course Aim:

Ideal for members of the food safety culture ‘guiding coalition team’, this course supports them to work together, to understand how a mature culture of food safety will underpin business success, measure the culture of their own organizations, plan the changes, and implement the strategic plan, as well as how to continuously evaluate and improve the performance of the food safety culture in your organization.

How will I benefit?

This course will help you to:

  • Understand the dimensions and maturity levels of food safety culture (outlined in PAS 320)
  • Understand how to measure the maturity levels of the different dimensions of food safety culture within your own organization
  • Plan and implement change effectively
  • Work together as a ‘guiding coalition team’ to develop and sustain the maturity of your organization’s culture of food safety

What will I learn?

By the end of this course, you will be able to identify:

  • The relationship between food safety culture and organizational culture
  • The effective governance for a mature food safety culture
  • How to assess the maturity of the organization’s food safety culture
  • How to design a strategic change plan to achieve the desired food safety culture
  • The preparation of key functions to strengthen the food safety culture
  • Ways to embed change within your organization to mature the food safety culture
  • Methods to assess the performance of your organization's food safety culture
  • How to sustain the changes for continual improvement of the food safety culture

Who should attend?

This course is for members of the organization’s food safety culture guiding coalition team, which should include staff from across the business, to contribute their skills and knowledge towards building a strong culture:

  • Top management
  • HR
  • Procurement
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Research & development; NPD
  • Production
  • Maintenance
  • QA, inspection and laboratory staff
  • Finance
  • Compliance
  • IT


2 Days.

How will I learn?

The learning approach will be through presentation of the key elements for establishing a food safety culture and activities to demonstrate the requirements of PAS 320 in practice. This course is workshop-based, which will give you a deeper understanding of the concepts and a greater impact on their work performance.

What will I gain?

On completion, you’ll be awarded a BSI Training Academy certificate.


If you are new to this topic and the concept of food safety culture, you should take the BSI on-demand eLearning prior to attending this course – An introduction to food safety culture.

You should also download and read a copy of PAS 320:2023 Developing and sustaining a mature food safety culture - guide before attending.

Further information

Detailed course notes provided.

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