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Supply Chain - Scopes of Recognition

A Technical Working Group was convened in 2009 to define the food supply chain and its varying scopes. As a result, schemes coming forward for benchmarking against the GFSI Guidance Document can clearly specify the scopes covered by their scheme, thereby facilitating communication on exactly which components of a scheme GFSI had recognised.

Key elements for the below scopes are currently included in the GFSI Guidance Document. There are currently no key elements covering scopes such as Feed, or Transport and Distribution, however in 2012 and 2013 GFSI will be convening working groups to cover all of the scopes that are faded below, so that eventually the entire supply chain is covered by the GFSI Guidance Document requirements.


Does the scheme meet the following criteria?
Is the scheme publicly available and certifiable, without restriction by membership or other limitation, to certification bodies?
Do the certification bodies operating a certification system have accreditation to the scope of the relevant scheme?
Is the accreditation body providing accreditation to the certification bodies a member of the International Accreditation Forum and is the accreditation body in question also signed up to the Multi Lateral Arrangement of ISO/IEC 65?
Has the scheme been developed in compliance with ISO Guide 65 or ISO 17021?
Have you completed the clause-by-clause comparison of your scheme with the Guidance Document in the GFSI Benchmarking Application?
If there are any anomalies with the Guidance Document, can you provide argumentation to justify compliance?
Can you provide the written support from at least three user organisations representing the retail / food service or producing / manufacturing sectors that use who or are going to use the scheme?
Please also refer to GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition Part II Clause 1.2.1 for additional requirements. If you can reply positively to ALL of the above questions, and you meet the requirements in Clause 1.2.1, you can then proceed to the submission of your scheme to GFSI.

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