The Global Food Safety Initiative website aims to provide you with any information that you may need about the programme. In this section you will find a selection of technical documents, including the current version of the GFSI Guidance Document in five languages.

GFSI Global Markets Programme Toolkit - Manufacturing

The GFSI Global Markets Programme sets out how small and less sophisticated food companies (SMEs) can meet the challenge of food safety, while simultaneously reducing hazards in global food supply chains and working towards market access through certification to one of the 10 GFSI-recognised schemes. It provides an unaccredited entry point for SMEs with its step-by-step programme designed to build capacity within production and manufacturing operations, and implement a course of continuous improvement. 

The Programme has so far been developed to cover the scopes of manufacturing (operation of primary products and manufacturing of processed foods) and primary production (farming of plants, grains and pulses). The Manufacturing Toolkit has recently undergone a thorough revision and the new toolkit is now available. Access the Global Markets Toolkits.


GFSI Benchmarking Requirements | Guidance Document

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 certification programmes via an objective process before granting recognition.

Learn more about the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements (Guidance Document).


Food Fraud Position Paper

The Global Food Safety Initiative is proud to release a paper on the position of the GFSI on Food Fraud mitigation.

Commenting on the release of the position paper, Cenk Gurol, GFSI Board Chair and Vice President, Food Safety Initiative, Aeon Co. Ltd said: “Food fraud must be regarded as being a significant risk to human health, hence the involvement of the GFSI to facilitate with other industry bodies an agreed approach to mitigate this risk. GFSI regards the issue of food fraud as increasingly important and therefore has taken the initial steps to include criteria for its mitigation within the future requirements for GFSI recognized schemes”.

Read the Press Release

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Auditor Competency Framework

Updates coming soon. 

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.


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Access the Revised Toolkit for Global Markets Programme - Manufacturing

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