GFSI developed the GFSI Global Markets Programme (GMaP) capability tool in 2008 to support small or less developed FBOs to achieve certification to a GFSI-recognised food safety programme and to improve market access.
The aim was to help companies develop effective food safety management systems through a systematic continuous improvement process:
The GMaP is a voluntary programme, with a toolkit that contains a food safety checklist and a protocol to drive continuous improvement. Companies may choose to use the GMaP, or they may decide to implement the programme as part of business development activities in manufacturing sites and/or primary production. It is a free-access tool and voluntary programme that businesses can use to implement according to their needs and strategic objectives. The documents provide guidance to the food businesses, service providers and stakeholders in the form of a toolkit.
GMaP was originally designed as an introductory three-step programme towards full GFSI certification. During the last 10 years, various pilot programmes have used the GMaP checklists to introduce food safety management systems into smaller and less developed businesses around the world. Pioneer countries include the Ukraine, China, Japan, Russia, Chile, Malaysia, the USA and Zambia, amongst many others.
Businesses participating include retailers and brand manufacturers in partnership with organisations such as the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), who have funded training and mentoring programmes to raise awareness and build capability.
GFSI is currently consulting on improvements to the GMaP. You can access the consultation here.