The Global Food Safety Initiative website aims to provide you with any information that you may need about our programme. In this section you will find:

General Presentation

Whether you’re looking to learn more about the GFSI or presenting the Initiative to those around you, this slideshow presentation will help you. It covers what the GFSI is, how it works and how it benefits various stakeholders working within the GFSI framework. Please note that an update is coming very soon!



Here we’ve answered your most frequently asked questions. Feel free to consult this interactively on our site here or download the PDF here.


GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition

A multi-stakeholder document that defines what ‘excellent food safety management’ looks like, this is the pivotal document underpinning GFSI’s benchmarking process that harmonises the requirements of food safety management schemes via an objective process before granting recognition. It is of increasing interest to regulatory bodies who want to come to an understanding of GFSI’s approach. Click here to access all the documentation.


Consumer Goods Forum Brochure

As you may know, GFSI is an initiative of the Consumer Goods Forum, which serves the industry through its activities organized in four strategic pillars. Find out more about the CGF in this corporate brochure.


GFSI One-pagers

GFSI One-pager
In a hurry? Get a quick overview of GFSI in this one-pager, covering the Initiative’s objectives and how it works for the continuous improvement of food safety. Please note that an update is coming soon!


Global Markets Programme
This one-pager will get you started on your understanding of the Global Markets Programme, how it works, and how it can help you.


GFSI Infographic

GFSI is a robust and complex programme, so saying it visually with an infographic can simplify things!


White Paper - Enhancing Food Safety through Third Party Certification

This document was developed as part of the work plan of the Global Regulatory Affairs Working Group, whose objective is to develop strategic food safety positions and educational materials in support of GFSI while providing review and assessment of key food safety-related regulatory issues which impact the use of third party certification.


IAF & ILAC Accreditation Document

This comprehensive document prepared by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) explains more about Accreditation.


Global Food Safety Conference Executive Summaries

11th Global Food Safety Conference
Over 940 food safety experts and decision makers from the food industry gathered in Orlando, USA for the 11th Global Food Safety Conference representing 50 different countries. The theme of the conference was Advancing Global Food Safety through collaboration.


10th Global Food Safety Conference
The Consumer Goods Forum and GFSI welcomed 745 delegates from 60 countries worldwide to the Global Food Safety Conference in London. The theme of the conference was Creating a Global Food Safety Culture. The event saw significant growth in the representation of policy makers from public authorities and academia from around the world.


9th Global Food Safety Conference
675 delegates from 39 countries attended the first North American edition of the Global Food Safety Conference that took place in Washington D.C. The theme of the conference was Connecting the Pieces – a Global Food Safety Framework for the 21st Century.


Auditor Competency Framework

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has published the first edition of the GFSI Food Safety Auditor Competence (for download via this link).  The Auditor Competence Scheme Committee defined generic food safety auditor competencies underpinning GFSI benchmarked schemes, and the mechanisms by which they can be assessed and verified.  

The ACSC is continuing to work on primary production competencies, and competencies for auditing additional industry scopes (eg. Food Brokers/Agens, Retail/Wholesale) as they become available.  The ACSC will also be working to complete the Board mandate – to develop examination and assessment methodologies, and finally a credentialing model for auditors of GFSI benchmarked schemes.


A general presentation of the Auditor Competence Scheme is available here for download.