Through its one of the strategic objectives “Benchmarking and Harmonization“, The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) offers globally accepted recognized certification programmes and supports a basic “once certified, recognized everywhere” business approach.
Objective For Harmonization
GFSI is aiming to create efficiency in food safety management system of an organization
Finally, offers a businesses passport to access the global market
GFSI Bench-Marking and Harmonization of Standards
The GFSI bench-marking and harmonization of standards is built by the consensus of technical experts through
Technically proficient process
To comply GFSI’s Mission is “Safe Food for Consumers Everywhere”.
Moreover, diagram shows the key elements as defined by Codex Code of Practice to be considered while developing any GFSI-recognized scheme
As per Global Food Safety Initiative bench-marking version 2020, following are the internationally recognized certification programmes which food business can use considering best fit their scope and needs.
These recognized standards cover full supply chain scope from
- Feed production
- Food packaging
- Food broker/agent
- Provision of storage & distribution services
- Food service
GFSI bench-marked schemes need to be based on food safety management system, Codex Alimentarius, HACCP, good manufacturing, agriculture, storage practices compliance with customer’s requirements as well as regulations in the country of operation and of countries in which product are sold and consumed.
In following table, comparison of mostly used Global Food Safety Initiative recognized schemes elaborated in term of consideration of basic requirements.
There are numbers of resemblances which make us easy to understand the basic structure of GFSI bench-marked standards
To further understand the standard’s certification, following table will provide us some insights about validity, criteria and related process.
So in case of going for any Global Food Safety Initiative recognized certification, selection of right standard is crucial considering organization scope to make sure there is the perfect match between the scheme and the organization.
After selecting the scheme, obtain copy of the standard to read, learn and understand the requirements in detail
Once approval granted from top management, then start with the training and capability development program using GFSI Global Market program
Embracing any GFSI bench-marked standard not only lead organization in achieving food safety culture.
It extends benefits like regulatory compliance, cost saving, managing risk and access to global food market opportunities.
Written By Sagar Mahmood Khan (Head of QA Compliance Center MCC Global Quality Assurance Management, METRO AG, Germany)