GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) Certification

My customer asked me to become GFSI certified, what is GFSI Certification?

This means that they would like you to be certified to a food safety standard that is recognized by GFSI. This gives you the freedom to select which food safety standard to implement in your company as long as you select one from their list of options.

Once you select the standard, you would implement it in your company and then have a 3rd party audit by a certification body. Upon successful completion of the audit, you will be granted your certificate.

So, although many people use the term "GFSI Certified" or "GFSI Certification" that is not correct and there is no "GFSI Certification" but what they mean is "Certification to a GFSI recognized standard".

What do I need to do? Where do I start?

Here is a brief summary of the steps. We offer information and help for each of these steps on our website

  • Select a Standard to become Certified to
  • Get trained on the requirements
  • Implement the food safety management system and document your processes.
  • Be audited by a certification body and receive your certification

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What is GFSI Certification?

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is coordinated by The Food Business Forum CIES. This forum is a global food network made up of approximately 400 retailers and manufacturers worldwide.

GFSI does not certify organizations, but has determined which food safety certifications it accepts or recognizes. These are called GFSI Benchmarked Standards. Many organizations will request that its suppliers achieve a "GFSI Benchmarked" standard. If you have been asked to get a GFSI recognized standard you have several to choose from. This is what is meant when you hear "GFSI Certified"

How to select a GFSI Certification Standard

With the choices of Food Safety Management Systems Certification, how can your organization choose the right Food Safety Management System Standard?

The Global Food Safety Initiative, GFSI plays an important role in Food Safety Systems Certification. This organization has “benchmarked” existing food safety schemes. Once a system is “benchmarked” it means that certification to the scheme is accepted by organizations requiring a GFSI scheme. How to select a GFSI Standard

Benefits of GFSI

The findings of a recent Global Food Safety Initiative survey of food safety professionals at certified facilities around the world reinforce the many benefits of GFSI:

  • 72%of food safety professionals say GFSI has enhanced food safety practices at their facilities
  • 61% say GFSI has improved their ability to produce safe food
  • 90% say GFSI has helped to increase employee food safety knowledge, and
  • 68% say GFSI is helping to prepare them for forthcoming regulatory changes.

Which standards are recognized by GFSI?

  • FSSC 22000
  • SQF Code 7th Edition, Levels 2 & 3
  • BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 6
  • BRC-IOP Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials Issue 4
  • IFS Version 6
  • CanadaGAP
  • Global Red Meat Standard (GRMS)
  • PrimusGFS Standard
  • IFS PACsecure Version 1
  • IFS Logistics Version 2.1

Check the GFSI website (mygfsi.com) for the most up-to-date list of recognized standards.

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