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GFSI Recognised Schemes

On 5th January 2011, GFSI released the Sixth Edition of its Guidance Document and scheme owners who had previously been benchmarked against the Sixth Edition, as well as new scheme owners, were invited to submit a benchmarking application and apply for recognition against the GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition. More information on the following aspects of the benchmarking process can be found by following the links below:

Below is an overview of the schemes that are currently recognised by GFSI and the schemes that are still going through the benchmarking process.

GFSI Recognised Schemes: Benchmarking Results

Scheme Overview Scopes of Recognition Date of Recognition Scheme Owner Contact details

BRC

BRC GLOBAL STANDARD FOR FOOD SAFETY ISSUE 6

This Standard covers food safety and management of product quality in food packing and processing operations. The BRC Food Standard was one of the original GFSI Benchmarked schemes and is used around the world with certificates in over 100 countries and has in excess of 15,000 certificated sites. The Standard is owned by the BRC and written and managed with the input of an international multi- stakeholder group made up of food manufacturers, retailers, food service and certification body representatives.

BRC/IOP GLOBAL STANDARD FOR PACKAGING AND PACKAGING MATERIALS ISSUE 4

This is an established Standard for the manufacture and conversion of Packaging materials for both food and non food use; with approx. 2,000 certificated sites around the world. The standard covers the hygienic production of packaging materials and the management of quality and functional properties of the packaging to provide assurance to customers. The Standard is operated by the BRC in conjunction with the Packaging Society and an advisory committee of stakeholders.

Read the BRC News release here

Read the BRC Scope Extension for Storage and Distribution News Release here (2014)
D Pre Processing Handling of Plant Products
EI
Processing of Animal Perishable Products
EII
Processing of Plant Perishable Products
EIII
Processing of Animal and Plant Perishable Products (Mixed Products)
EIV
Processing of Ambient Stable Products
L
Production of (Bio) Chemicals
M
Production of Food Packaging

Scope Extension
J
Storage and Distribution

20 Sept 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19 Aug 2014

Nigel Scott
Head of Marketing
BRC
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Tel: +44 (0)20 7854 8990
IFS_Logo_2013_RGB_SMALLIFS Food Standard Version 6

IFS Food is a standard for auditing food safety and quality of processes and products of food manufacturers. The standard has been in existence since 2003 and is current operating its sixth version. Over 11,000 certificates in 90 different countries were issued in 2011.

IFS Management has 5 regional offices worldwide, coordinates technical working groups in different languages (German, French, North American, Spanish and Italian) with different stakeholders (retailers, industry, certification bodies and food services) and relies on a continuous improvement process of IFS standards, database and Integrity Program among others.

Read the IFS News release here

Read the IFS Scope Extension News release here (2013) and here (2014)

EI Processing of Animal Perishable Products
EII Processing of Plant Perishable Products
EIII Processing of Animal and Plant Perishable Products (Mixed Products)
EIV Processing of Ambient Stable Products

 

Scope Extensions

C Animal Conversion
D Pre-process Handling of Plant Products
L Production of (Bio) Chemicals

J Storage and Distribution

21 Sept 2012

 

 

 

 

 


4 Jan 2013




14 Aug 2014

Nina Lehmann
IFS Project Manager
Communications/ Marketing/ Training
IFS Management GmbH
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Tel : +49 (0)30 72 62 50-95

PrimusPrimusGFS Standard (v2.1 – December 2011)

PrimusGFS is a voluntary, privately owned and managed scheme that establishes requirements for the certification of products in the agriculture crops sector. PrimusGFS covers various stages of agricultural crop production including, but not limited to, pre-harvest and post-harvest farming activities, cooling, packing, processing and storing. Since its inception, PrimusGFS has been utilized in 15 countries with over 25,000 certificates issued from accredited certification bodies.

For more information please visit www.primusgfs.com

Read the PrimusGFS News release here
BI - Farming of Plants
BII - Farming of Grains and Pulses
D - Pre-Process/Handling of Plant Prods
EII - Process Plant Perishable Products
EIII - Processing of Animal and Plant Perishable Products (Mixed Products)
EIV-Processing of Ambient Stable Products
20 February 2014
Kerry Bridges
PrimusGFS Scheme Director
Azzule Systems
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IFS_PACsecure_logoIFS PACsecure, Version 1

IFS PACsecure is a Standard for the assessment of packaging material manufacturers and converters in terms of safety and quality. It is the result of the cooperation between IFS and The Packaging Association of Canada. It is a product/process certification which checks the safety of packaging materials and the compliance with customer requirements.

IFS Management GmbH has 9 regional offices and representatives worldwide, coordinates technical working groups in different languages (German, French, North American, Spanish and Italian) with different stakeholders (retailers, industry, certification bodies and food services) and relies on a continuous improvement process of IFS Standards, database and Integrity Program.

 

M Production of Food Packaging

 

20 December 2013

 

Nina Lehmann
IFS Project Manager Communications/Marketing/Training
IFS Management GmbH
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Tel : +49 (0)30 72 62 50-95

GAA Global Aquaculture Alliance Seafood Processing Standard Issue 2 - August 2012

The Global Aquaculture Alliance is an international, non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture. Through the development of its Best Aquaculture Practices certification standards, GAA has become the leading standards-setting organization for aquaculture seafood.

For more information, visit www.gaalliance.org

Read the GAA News release here

EI Processing of Perishable Animal Products 16 May 2013
Steven Hedlund
GAA Communications Manager
Global Aquaculture Alliance
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Tel: +1 207 831 0196

GLOBALGAP2

GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Scheme version 4 and Produce Safety Standard version 4

G.A.P. stands for Good Agricultural Practice – and GLOBALG.A.P. is the worldwide standard that assures it. GLOBALG.A.P. is an affiliate organisation of a not-for-profit trade association with a crucial objective: safe, sustainable agricultural production worldwide. It sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe - and more and more producers, suppliers and buyers are harmonizing their certification standards to match.

The GLOBALG.A.P. flagship standard is the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard which covers crops, livestock and aquaculture and emphasizes a progressive, holistic approach to farm certification.
The Produce Safety Standard (PSS) only focuses on the Food Safety and Traceability elements of the IFA standard. This standard is a subset of the IFA standard that was developed for the North American market where the demand for compliance with the Food Safety elements of the IFA standard has priority above the non-food safety components.

For more information please visit www.globalgap.org and www.globalgap.org/north-america

Read the GlobalG.A.P. News release here
BI Farming of Plants
D Pre Processing Handling of Plant Products
24 April 2013
Elmé Coetzer
Product Development Manager
GLOBALG.A.P.
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FSSC 22000 - October 2011 Issue

Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) is a robust,ISO-based, internationally accepted certification scheme for assessment and certification of food safety management systems in the whole supply chain. FSSC 22000 uses the existing standards ISO 22000, ISO 22003 and technical specifications for sector PRPs. The certification is accredited under ISO guide 17021 and recognized by GFSI. The non-profit Foundation for Food Safety Certification retains the ownership, copyright and the licence agreements for certification bodies.

For more information please visit www.fssc22000.com

Read the FSSC 22000 News release here

C Animal Conversion
D Pre-process Handling of Plant Products
EI Processing of Perishable Animal Products
EII Processing of Perishable Plant Products
EIII Processing of Perishable Animal and Plant Products (Mixed Products)
EIV Processing of Ambient Stable Products
L Production of (Bio) Chemicals
M Production of Food Packaging
22 Feb 2013
Cornelie Glerum
General Secretary
FSSC 22000
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Tel: +31 183 645 028
GRMS

Global Red Meat Standard (GRMS) 4th Edition Version 4.1

The Global Red Meat Standard, GRMS, is a scheme specifically developed for the red meat industry. GRMS sets out the requirements for all processes relating to the production of meat and meat products, and focuses on areas critical to achieving the highest safety and quality levels. The GRMS was launched in 2006 and first achieved recognition by GFSI in 2009.

For more information please visit www.grms.org

Read the GRMS News release here
C Animal Conversion
E I Processing of Perishable Animal Products
E III Processing of Perishable Animal and Plant Products (Mixed Products)
7 Feb 2013 Heidie Klingenberg Joergensen
QA Manager
Danish Agriculture & Food Council
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Tel: +45 3339 4381

CanadaGAPCanadaGAP-Logo Scheme Version 6 Options B and C and Program Management Manual Version 3

CanadaGAP™ is a food safety certification program for companies that produce, pack and store fresh fruits and vegetables. Launched in 2008 by the Canadian Horticultural Council, the scheme is owned and operated by not-for-profit Canadian corporation CanAgPlus as of November 2012. The standard comprises two manuals, one specific to Greenhouse, the second for other Fruit and Vegetable operations, developed in consultation with the horticultural sector and reviewed annually for technical soundness by Canadian government officials. The manuals are based on a rigorous hazard analysis applying the seven principles of the internationally-recognized Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) approach. In 2010, Options B and C of the CanadaGAP scheme were benchmarked to Version 5 of the Global Food Safety Initiative Guidance Document. The program now has over 2,000 participating producers across Canada.

For more information please visit www.canadagap.ca

Read the CanadaGAP News release here

BI Farming of Plants
D Pre-process Handling of Plant Products
23 Jan 2013
Heather Gale
Executive Director
CanadaGAP Program
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Tel: +1-613-829-4711 Ext 101

SQFSQF CODE 7TH EDITION LEVEL 2
The SQF Code has been redesigned for use by all sectors of the food industry from primary production to transport and distribution. Edition 7 applies to all industry sectors and replaces the SQF 2000 Code edition 6 and the SQF 1000 Code edition 5.

The SQF Code is a process and product certification standard. It is a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)-based food safety and quality management system that utilizes the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Food (NACMCF) and the CODEX Alimentarius Commission HACCP principles and guidelines. The SQF Code is intended to support industry or company branded products and offers benefits to suppliers and their customers. Products produced and manufactured under the SQF Code certification retain a high degree of acceptance in global markets.

The SQF Code is intended to support industry or company branded products and offers benefits to suppliers and their customers. With the consistent application of the SQF program by certification bodies that have been accredited to ISO/IEC guide 65: 1996 products produced and manufactured under the SQF Code certification retain a high degree of acceptance in global markets.

Read the SQF News release here

Read the SQF Scope Extension News release here

Al: Farming of Animal Products
Bl: Farming of Plant Products
C: Pre-Processing of Animal Products
D: Pre-Processing of Plant Products
El: Processing or Animal Perishable Products
Ell: Processing of Plant Perishable Products
Elll: Processing of Animal and Plant Perishable Products
ElV: Processing of Ambient Stable Products
L: Production of Biochemicals
M: Production of Food Packaging

 

Scope Extension

F production of Feed

15 Oct 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 Jan 2014

LeAnn Chuboff
Senior Technical Director
SQFI
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Schemes in Benchmarking Process

SQF

SQF CODE 7TH EDITION LEVEL 2

 

Scope Extension

J Provision of Storage and Distribution Services

 

CHINA HACCP


Dutch HACCP

The Dutch HACCP scheme which was previously recognised against the GFSI Guidance Fifth Edition has not been resubmitted to GFSI for benchmarking due to the new far reaching requirements in the GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition. The Foundation will focus on the management of the FSSC 22000 scheme which they also own and which has been resubmitted for benchmarking.

Dutch HACCP Option B certificates that are still in circulation in 2012 will be accepted as valid against the GFSI Guidance Document Fifth Edition during that year. However any certificates issued after 1 January 2012 will not be considered to have been issued against a GFSI-recognised scheme.

Synergy 22000

On 30 January 2012, the management of FSSC 22000 and of Synergy 22000 reached an agreement on a joint future strategy regarding the use of ISO 22000 as the basis for certification of Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) in food supply chains worldwide.The cooperation will solve the user-unfriendly and confusing situation of having two equivalent schemes in the marketplace, and generate synergies involving all available forces and competences behind a common objective and within the FSSC framework.
FSSC 22000 will remain the international certification scheme that will be submitted to the Global Food Safety Initiative for recognition against the GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition, and Synergy 22000 decided not to resubmit in light of the above collaboration.
 
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