Food safety qualifications specifically for food and drink manufacturing have been launched by the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (RSPH).

The new qualifications are based on the new Food Safety Occupational Standards, developed by skills sector council Improve.

Derek Williams, development director of Improve, said: "Existing food safety qualifications were tailored towards the catering and service industries and didn’t meet manufacturing needs."

Although they are stand-alone qualifications they could contribute to food safety modules of qualifications such as NVQs and SVQs, said Williams.

The RSPH qualifications are to be followed by accreditation for versions offered by six other organisations - ASET, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, City & Guilds, Food and Drink Qualifications, the Royal Institute of Public Health and the Scottish Qualification Authority.