Assessment By Benchmark Committee and Meeting with Scheme Owner - New Scheme
The Benchmark Committee review will objectively compare the applicant scheme requirements against the defined requirements laid down in the GFSI Guidance Document and prepare recommendations for recognition or non-recognition.
MethodologyThe GFSI Benchmark Committee Leader shall co-ordinate the activities of the Benchmark Committee.
The members of the GFSI Benchmark Committee shall review the completed Assessment Matrix and supporting documentation provided by the GFSI Benchmark Committee Leader and will use their expertise to individually critically assess this information and make a judgement on compliance or non-compliance against each requirement. The members shall, wherever it is felt necessary, challenge or question the judgement of the GFSI Benchmark Committee Leader and may request more evidence of compliance. All comments and observations of Benchmark Committee members shall be made to the GFSI Benchmark Committee Leader, who will, in turn, record these comments and inform other Benchmark Committee members and the scheme owner.
The GFSI Benchmark Committee Leader shall convene a meeting of the Benchmark Committee and the scheme owner representatives whenever direct discussion is deemed necessary to clarify comments and information. Observations from the members of the Benchmark Committee and the scheme owner’s representatives shall be collated and made available for meetings between the Benchmark Committee and the scheme owner.