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GFSI is seeking food safety professionals and services provision experts to participate in a new Technical Working Group (TWG) set to create a new scope of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements addressing services provision to primary processing, food manufacturing and food retail.

Many services provided to primary processing, food manufacturing and food retail, such as laundry, pest control, lab services, sanitation, contracted maintenance, etc. are critical to their pre-requisite programmes and ultimately food safety. The GFSI Board identified an opportunity for a GFSI-recognised certification programme to help the food industry select service providers.

How Can GFSI Help?

Thanks to its wide multi-sector community, GFSI is uniquely positioned to bring key stakeholders together to collectively address food safety matters and the GFSI recognition process drives harmonisation of certification programmes on key topics impacting food safety.

“All of our primary service providers such as the labs, laundry, sanitation, maintenance etc. play an essential role in successful food safety teams and operations around the world. We feel that as we move forward within GFSI, this new working group is an important next step in the assurance of food safety standardisation and guidance from the experts. Exciting times!” – Craig Wilson, Vice President Quality Assurance and Food Safety, Costco Wholesale.

 “As GFSI continues to strive to raise the bar on food safety, we are keen to ensure we cover all those areas that contribute to food safety. Provision of key services undoubtably has a key role to play in ensuring consumers get safe food, so we are really excited to embark on this next stage of the GFSI journey.” – Roy Kirby, Director, Global Food Safety, Mondelēz International.

The Group’s Mandate 

This group will work on Scope I – Provision of Food Safety Services, and will:

  • Provide detailed definitions of the scopes and services covered by it
  • Produce a review of existing certifications applicable to those services
  • Set Benchmarking Requirements for the key parameters for those specified services
  • Review the Benchmarking Requirements glossary in light of the new scope

How to Apply to Participate in this Technical Working Group

Length of Mandate: 18 months

Positions Available: A maximum of 18 members will be chosen spread between Retailers, Manufacturers, Accreditation Bodies/Certification Bodies, Service Providers, Academics, Regulators.

Frequency of Meetings and Commitment: Two face-to-face meetings each year. Conference calls will take place between meetings. All meetings are held in English.

Selection Criteria: Successful candidates will demonstrate experience in the following areas. Please make sure your application includes details that demonstrate your competencies and experience relevant to the following list:

  • Food safety and quality management in the relevant services having an impact on food safety
  • Knowledge in food safety management systems, including HACCP, Codex Alimentarius, FSMA, etc.
  • Technical knowledge in specific areas such as pest control, sanitation, laundry, maintenance, etc.
  • Pre-requisite programmes in the relevant services having an impact on food safety

Eligibility: Applicants must be employed by an organisation that agrees to sponsor their participation in the TWG. All costs and expenses for participants participating in all activities of GFSI must be covered by the organisations that they represent. For further information on our rules and procedures, see our governance document.

Please note that this Call for Participation is now closed. Be sure to subscribe to GFSI News to be notified of any upcoming opportunities.

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