This network offers assistance in maintaining high levels of hygiene, health, and product safety throughout the value chain as you transition to more sustainable manufacturing operations.

The network is part of the interdisciplinary Centre for Specialisation in Hygiene, Health, and Product Safety, supported by the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science. 

Stick to the standards and bolster your competitiveness

Most manufacturing businesses in the food, pharmaceutical, and medical equipment sectors aim to operate in highly sustainable ways—and not only from a manufacturing perspective.

However, doing so requires tools and methods to demonstrate that levels of hygiene, health, and product safety can at least be maintained (if not improved) when transitioning to greener, more sustainable procedures.

The result of these efforts is improved competitiveness, allowing businesses to maintain high safety and quality while also meeting requirements for documented sustainable manufacturing.

Who is the network for?

If you belong to any of the following groups, the Network for Hygiene, Health, and Product Safety is for you:


Manufacturers and vendors of consumer-orientated products

  • The food industry
  • The pharmaceutical and medical equipment industries
  • The healthcare sector (particularly institutional kitchens).

Vendors for the groups listed above

  • Manufacturers of production equipment (component vendors, sensor vendors, data integration management services, etc.) 
  • Producers of products and technologies for hygienic optimisation in production processes (cleaners and disinfectants) 
  • Sanitation companies 
  • Consultants, such as those designing new manufacturing facilities.

Vendors are just as important as manufacturers. A lack of innovative vendors that are on top of the latest developments in sustainability and hygiene can make it difficult for the food, pharmaceutical, and healthcare sectors to leverage trends and maintain the desired high levels of hygiene, health, and product safety. 

Sustainability can include optimisation of processes and manufacturing operations, intelligent monitoring, and the use of new materials—or a combination of these things. 

The network's focuses

The Network for Hygiene, Health, and Product Safety has three general areas of focus:

Sustainable manufacturing

Sustainable manufacturing in hygiene-critical operations revolves largely around optimising cleaning processes to make them more sustainable. 

Intelligent monitoring 

Intelligent monitoring is primarily concerned with optimising health and hygiene. It can be divided into human-orientated and production-orientated diagnostics. 

New materials

New materials and surface finishes are seeing increasing use in hygiene-critical environments in the food, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industries.

For example, these industries are showing more interest in using 3D-printed components, which have entirely new surface characteristics. The suitability of materials is assessed in terms of both direct product contact (FCM) and functionality and operating lifetime. 

What happens at network meetings

The network meets twice per year for half-day theme events. Each meeting is a deep dive on hygiene and sustainability, and professional discussions are more than welcome. 

These discussions keep the network focused on the industry's needs in terms of both current and future activities and events.

The Competency centre for hygiene, health, and product safety also presents the results of its activities at these meetings.

Become a member of the Network for Hygiene, Health, and Product Safety

Joining the network is free.

If you wish to participate, you can sign up at our Danish website.