Application Submission - Extension of Scope or Re-Benchmarking
Extension to Scope of Recognition
An application is considered to be an extensions to scope of recognition if the scheme owner is:
- applying for a new scope of recognition,
- seeking a change in extension within an existing recognised scope, which does not represent a significant change to the scheme governance or ownership, the management system or key elements.
An application is considered to be a re-benchmark if a scheme has previously undergone benchmarking by GFSI and has been successful in its application, but:
- has had significant change to the scheme governance or ownership, the management system or key elements,
- a scheme will anyway be benchmarked on the 4 year anniversary of its original recognition
- there has been a change in the Guidance Document within the four year revision cycle,
- there has been a suspension of recognition by GFSI
In order to be recognised by GFSI, a scheme must successfully go through the GFSI benchmarking process. This applies to all schemes, including those having gone through another benchmarking process. There is therefore no automatic GFSI recognition.
Application to GFSI
A fully completed application will include:
- The completed GFSI Benchmarking Application Form (including examples of objective evidence to support the key requirements for Tabs 1 - 6 as applicable), filling out:
- Tab 1: General Information
- Tabs 3 or 4 depending on whether the application covers a scope extension or a re-benchmarking process
- Tab 5: Scheme Management
- Tab 6: Food Safety Schemes - Systems
- Tabs 7 - 18 as appropriate depending on the scope of the scheme
- A Table of Contents that references each piece of objective evidence submitted against its reference in the GFSI Benchmarking Application Form.
Consult the Benchmarking Application Completion Guidelines for support in completing the GFSI Benchmarking Application Form.
Two copies of the entire application in hard copy, as well as an electronic version of all documentation, shall be sent to:
Global Food Safety Initiative
c/o the Consumer Goods Forum
22/24 rue du Gouverneur Général Eboué