GFSI is seeking evidence on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in food safety auditing to inform the work of the Working Group on the use of Information and Communication Technologies in auditing.
The use of Information and Communication Technologies has been growing steadily in daily life, both at home and at work, and increasingly in auditing practices. ‘Remote’ audit practices are already common in some industries and emerging in others such as the food industry.
In June 2020, with the help of the GFSI Stakeholder Advisory Forum, GFSI introduced new Benchmarking Requirements providing a framework for the use of ICT by GFSI-recognised CPOs.
When publishing these amended Benchmarking Requirements, GFSI committed to reviewing our position on this topic regularly as new data and evidence becomes available on the efficacy of audits using such technologies.
In line with this commitment, GFSI set up a Working Group of academic experts to provide an independent review of the evidence regarding the use of ICT during food safety audits as a means of verifying compliance of the audited organisation and its food safety practices.
The objectives of the Working Group of Academics will be to:
The Group invites interested parties to submit evidence regarding the use of ICT in assuring food safety either through audits facilitated by ICT, or through alternative uses of ICT that render the process less dependent upon traditional site visits.
We would like to receive:
The submissions will only be considered if they include evidence of evaluation and analysis, although the Group recognises that traditional academic and scientific methods of evaluation may be difficult to apply in this context. Promotional and purely descriptive submissions will not be considered.
The Group is also interested in evidence regarding the barriers to the adoption of technology by smaller food businesses and in countries with limited technological infrastructure.