Product defence super course

Product defence

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£130.00 (plus VAT)

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This training is designed for:
All members of the product defence team.

This product defence training series is written by Kassy Marsh who is a PCQI Lead Instructor (certificate #79fa1998) and co-authored the book Assessing Threat Vulnerability for Food Defence.

On completion of this course, you’ll be a product defence ninja. Which means you’ll understand the subject of product defence, including fraud, sabotage, and terrorism. You’ll also know how to develop and manage the product defence system, identify vulnerable threats; upstream, internally and downstream, and complete the assessment to produce protection measures.

This super course contains the product defence mini trainings:

Unit 1 Understanding product defence – designed for all members of the product defence team.
Unit 2 Managing the product defence system – designed for the person who manages the system (system manager).
Unit 3 Identifying vulnerabilities upstream – designed for technical and procurement team members.
Unit 4 Identifying internal vulnerabilities – designed for security, HR and operational team members.
Unit 5 Identifying vulnerabilities downstream – designed for contract managers (those who manage contractors).
Unit 6 Assessing and protecting vulnerable threats – designed for all members of the product defence team.

This course will teach you the methodology you need to identify vulnerable threats, determine their significance, and then apply protection measures to significant vulnerabilities.

It explains how to then apply protection measures to significant vulnerabilities and the monitoring techniques that should be used.

Examples are provided so that you can see how the assessment can be documented.

Once you’ve completed this training, you’ll also know how to develop your product defence team and assign the required mini trainings to them.

This training has been designed to meet the following sections of the standards:

BRCGS Food Safety
Issue 8
BRCGS Packaging
Issue 6
BRCGS Agents & Brokers
Issue 3
BRCGS Storage & Distribution
Issue 4
5.4 Product authenticity, claims and chain of custody

4.2 Site security and food defence

3.8 Product authenticity, claims and chain of custody

4.4 Site security and product defence

4.8 Product authenticity.

4.3 Product security/ food defence.

3.5.3, 10.3.3 Product fraud risk management.

4.2 Site security and product defence.

5.2 Vehicle and load security


FSSC 22000
Version 5.1
IFS Food
Version 7
SQF Food Manufacturing Edition 9FSMA
2.5.4 Food fraud mitigation

2.5.3 Food defense

4.20 Food fraud

6 Food defence plan

2.7.2 Food fraud

2.7.1 Food defense plan

Intentional adulteration rule

(Final 2016)

About the training

This super course in product defence will teach you everything you need to know to become a product defence subject matter expert to meet the requirements of your BRCGS, FSSC 22000, IFS or SQF certification standard.

The course includes exercises and takes approx. 6 hours and 15 minutes without breaks.

The course is made an introduction, 6 units of training and a conclusion. After each unit there is a test which is made up of 25 multiple-choice questions. 70% is required to pass each unit and a certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the course. The test is open book and retakes are free of charge.

On completion of this course, it’s recommended that you go on to complete a training course in contractor management, to ensure that your PRP systems meet the requirements of product defence.



This course teaches the well-known method provided in the book ‘Assessing Threat and Vulnerability for Food Defence’ by Adele Adams and Kassy Marsh.

This method has been improved to combine the decision trees from the original methodology into one – this is intended to simplify the process.

The course also includes additional new methods for simple identification of vulnerable threats internally and downstream.

5-step identification process

Identifying vulnerable claims

The course provides clear guidance on how to assess the claims that you make about your product, to establish which claims are at risk from fraud.

The different types of claims are discussed and are separated into three distinct sources; material claims, manufacturing process claims and finish product claims. You’ll learn how to categorise these so that only the material claims are used, for the assessment to identify the associated vulnerable threats.

1 review for Product defence

  1. QHSE Manager

    I have found it a lot easier to understand and more user-friendly than other courses we have done – which could be really intense!

    Our management prefers your course too, as they found it a great way of taking in the information.

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