GFSI Launches Consultation for Guidance Document Latest Edition
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GFSI Releases New Edition of Landmark Guidance Document


Version 7 Reflects Evolving Industry Needs

Next month, GFSI will release a new edition of its landmark Guidance Document. This document delivers on the GFSI mission of harmonising food safety standards in pursuit of the GFSI vision of “safe food for consumers everywhere.”

Leveling up

GFSI is committed to to providing continuous improvement in food safety management systems to meet new industry and food safety challenges. The Guidance Document is thus revised regularly to reflect best-practice and these evolving needs.

GFSI Guidance Document becomes GFSI Benchmarking Requirements

In addition to revisions to the technical content, the new version adopts a fresh modular approach designed to better meet the needs of schemes applying for benchmarking. Each scope of the food supply chain will now have a tailored document dedicated to it. As such, these now compose the “GFSI Benchmarking Requirements.”

To learn more about the benchmarking appproach, what it means for you and the science behind it all, please have explore our dedicated FAQs -> Benchmarking Process.


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Global Stakeholder Consultation Open

GFSI is pleased to announce the launch of its global stakeholder consultation for the latest edition of the GFSI Guidance Document. As part of our commitment to providing transparency, we invite all stakeholders to participate in a public consultation ahead of the publication.
An executive summary of changes for each part of the requirements and draft versions for parts 1, 2 and 3, can be found on the Consultations section of the GFSI Website
In order to submit your comments:
  • Please download the documents from the website
  • Review the Executive Summary of Changes for Parts 1, 2 and 3 to learn more about what has been revised,
  • Review Parts 1, 2 and 3,
  • Send us any comments you have on Parts 1 and 2 by email,
  • Insert any comments you may have on Part 3 in the last column of each Excel tab and return the file by email.
All comments must be submitted by 19 February 2016.
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The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is an industry-driven initiative providing thought leadership and guidance on food safety management systems necessary for safety along the supply chain. This work is accomplished through collaboration between the world's leading food safety experts from retail, manufacturing and food service companies, as well as international organisations, governments, academia and service providers to the global food industry. They meet together at technical working group and stakeholder meetings, conferences and regional events to share knowledge and promote a harmonized approach to managing food safety across the industry.
GFSI is managed by The Consumer Goods Forum (the CGF), a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 2.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs.
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