This term is slightly misleading as GFSI does not provide certification services, but you can achieve certification to a GFSI-recognised Certification Programme through a successful third-party audit against any of the certification programmes that have been recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative.
A food safety certification programme is ‘recognised’ by GFSI when it meets internationally recognised food safety requirements, developed by a multi-stakeholders group, which are set out in the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements.
Benchmarked standards include:
- PrimusGFS Standard (v2.1)
- IFS PACsecure, Version 1
- Global Aquaculture Alliance Seafood BAP Seafood Processing Standard
- GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Scheme version 5, Produce Safety Standard version 4 and Harmonized Produce Safety Standard
- Global Red Meat Standard (GRMS) 4th Edition Version 4.1
- FSSC 22000
- CanadaGAP Scheme Version 6 Options B, C and D and Program Management Manual Version 6
- SQF CODE 8TH EDITION
- BRC GLOBAL STANDARD FOR FOOD SAFETY ISSUE 7
- IFS Food Standard Version 6
- BRC/IoP Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials Issue 5
- IFS Logistics Version 2.1
- BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution Issue 3