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Taking Accredited Certification Forward: The Future of the GFSI-IAF Partnership News Update 04 Jun 2019 Certification Taking Accredited Certification Forward: The Future of the GFSI-IAF Partnership   In this episode of the GFSI Experts Series, we hear from two representatives of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), one of GFSI’s valued partner organisations. GFSI’s recognition of IAF’s Mulilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) is embedded in the Benchmarking Requirements; certification bodies operating in GFSI-benchmarked certification programmes must be accredited by an accreditation body that has […]
The Power of Accreditation in Improving Food Safety Blog 08 Jun 2020 Certification The Power of Accreditation in Improving Food Safety   Since I joined the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) in 2017, it has been clear to me that significant value could be unlocked by building a stronger relationship between GFSI and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). The IAF works with all industries – from aerospace to automotive, food to Information and Communication Technologies.   […]
GFSI Hosts Webinar on Securing the Future of Food Safety Auditors – a Review of Race to the Top Feature 1 News Update 21 May 2021 Consultation GFSI Hosts Webinar on Securing the Future of Food Safety Auditors – a Review of Race to the Top Feature 1 GFSI recently held a webinar on securing the future of food safety auditors; a review of Race to the Top Feature 1. GFSI Senior Technical Manager Marie-Claude Quentin began the session by introducing the two panelists: Jon Poole, Chief Executive of IFST, and Andrew Clarke, Senior Director of QA at Loblaw Companies Ltd. Marie-Claude first […]
Understanding GFSI’s ‘Race to the Top’ | Webinar News Update 25 Jan 2021 Global Markets Understanding GFSI’s ‘Race to the Top’ | Webinar     Thank you to all those who participated in GFSI’s first webinar of 2021! If you were not able to make the live session, we invite you to read the summary below or watch the recording. We invite you to join GFSI leadership on 25th March, the third day of the virtual GFSI Conference, […]
Built-In Hygiene from Farm to Fork: An Update from the GFSI Technical Working Group on Hygienic Design News Update 24 Sep 2019 Food Hygiene Built-In Hygiene from Farm to Fork: An Update from the GFSI Technical Working Group on Hygienic Design One of the best weapons in the arsenal against foodborne illness is equipment designed with hygiene in mind. Many food safety programmes increasingly require food handling and processing equipment to be “hygienic,” but rarely offer practical guidelines for carrying out this requirement. To help clear up the concept of hygienic design, GFSI launched a Technical […]
Where Science Meets Industry: Practical Outcomes of GFSI’s Working Group on Chemicals in Food Hygiene News Update 18 Jun 2019 Food Hygiene Where Science Meets Industry: Practical Outcomes of GFSI’s Working Group on Chemicals in Food Hygiene   The industry deploys many chemicals in their quest to ensure safe food for consumers, including disinfectants, sanitisers and cleaning agents. In response to concerns about the safety of these important products from the European Commission and consumer groups, GFSI organised a Technical Working Group comprised of scientists and industry experts to address the risks […]
There Is Still Time to Share Your Remote Audit Experiences | Interview with ICT Expert Panel News Update 24 Nov 2020 Certification There Is Still Time to Share Your Remote Audit Experiences | Interview with ICT Expert Panel Since the beginning of the pandemic, the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in all aspects of daily lives has unquestionably skyrocketed. With the difficulties of conducting face-to-face audits, GFSI has addressed the efficacy of ICT for food safety audits. In the spring, GFSI introduced new Benchmarking Requirements providing a framework for the use […]
The Countdown to V8 Begins! What’s New in Version 8 of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements News Update 03 Sep 2019 Benchmarking The Countdown to V8 Begins! What’s New in Version 8 of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements Version 8 of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements is set to release in February 2020, just in time for the 2020 GFSI Conference! The first full revision of the Benchmarking Requirements since 2017, Version 8 is designed to be clear, practical and applicable along the entire supply chain from farm to fork. By regularly developing new […]
How GFSI’s Partnership with IAF Benefits Stakeholders News Update 09 Jun 2020 Certification How GFSI’s Partnership with IAF Benefits Stakeholders   On the heels of World Food Safety Day underlining that Food Safety is Everyone’s Business, today’s World Accreditation Day marks the role of Accreditation in Improving Food Safety.   GFSI is delighted that the cross-industry International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has chosen to focus on food safety for the 2020 edition. This world day is an exceptional vehicle to raise awareness […]
World Accreditation Day Focuses on ‘Improving Food Safety’ News Update 28 May 2020 Certification World Accreditation Day Focuses on ‘Improving Food Safety’   The Global Food Safety Initiative is delighted to support the World Accreditation Day again this year. Coordinated by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), #WAD2020 takes place on 9 June, just two days after the World Food Safety Day. This world day is an exceptional vehicle to raise awareness around the key role accreditation plays in ensuring […]
Introducing the Latest Version of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements Blog 27 Mar 2018 Benchmarking Introducing the Latest Version of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements Exciting times are here again for the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements. Version 7.2 was released at our annual Global Food Safety Conference in Tokyo. I was thrilled to make this announcement and present on this topic in detail at the conference as part of the GFSI & You session on the opening day. Over the last […]
Securing the Future of Food Safety Auditors Podcast 29 Apr 2021 GFSI Securing the Future of Food Safety Auditors In this episode, host Linda Okpala speaks to GFSI Senior Technical Manager Marie-Claude Quentin on the latest public consultation from the GFSI. This new consultation is designed to support the qualification, training, professional development and recognition of food safety auditors, the unsung stars of the ambition to deliver safe food for people everywhere. If you […]
GFSI Publishes Response to Auditor Training & Professional Development Stakeholder Consultation Press Release 26 Oct 2021 Consultation GFSI Publishes Response to Auditor Training & Professional Development Stakeholder Consultation PARIS, 26th October 2021 – The Consumer Goods Forum through its Coalition of Action on Food Safety, Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), has today published its response to the feedback received as part of the recent stakeholder consultation run on the proposed new GFSI Benchmarking Requirements for Professional Bodies. This is a significant milestone in […]
New Global Partnership Formed Between the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Press Release 06 Apr 2018 New Global Partnership Formed Between the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) PARIS and FRANKFURT, 6th April 2018 – The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a pillar of The Consumer Goods Forum, are pleased to announce a new partnership as part of an ongoing strategy to strengthen collaboration for the benefit of consumers worldwide.     Through this agreement, IAF and GFSI […]
A GFSI Update on the Auditor Training & Professional Development Consultation Podcast 26 Oct 2021 GFSI A GFSI Update on the Auditor Training & Professional Development Consultation In this episode, Linda Okpala speaks to GFSI Senior Technical Manager Marie-Claude Quentin. Marie-Claude provides an update on the exciting work on auditor training and professional development and the responses to the recent stakeholder consultation. To learn more about the responses and how the GSFI answered them, please check the press release and summary of […]
GFSI Sets First-ever Benchmarking Requirements for Food Safety Auditor Training and Development to Boost Take-up of Critical Role Press Release 04 Nov 2021 Consultation GFSI Sets First-ever Benchmarking Requirements for Food Safety Auditor Training and Development to Boost Take-up of Critical Role   PARIS, 4th November 2021 – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a Coalition of Action of The Consumer Goods Forum, has today launched the first-ever set of Benchmarking Requirements for food safety auditor Professional Recognition Bodies. By raising the profile of the profession of auditing, and focusing entry requirements on competence, the aim is […]
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