The Technical Equivalence of government-owned certification programmes is an acknowledgment of the equivalence of the content of the certification programme to the relevant scope of GFSI Benchmarking Requirements Key Elements (Part III). It is different from GFSI recognition for non-governmental certification programmes, which also includes assessment of the certification programme's governance and operational management.
Technical Equivalence objectively assesses a government-owned certification programme against the requirements of the Key Elements. Technical Equivalence is limited to government-owned food safety certification programmes.
The assessment is undertaken by an Expert appointed by the GFSI Board. The Expert conducts a documented gap analysis of the government’s scheme and supporting documents against the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements Key Elements to submit a recommendation to the GFSI Board for review and decision.