GFSI aims to improve food safety and business efficiency. GFSI’s work in benchmarking and harmonisation fosters mutual acceptance of GFSI-recognised certification programmes across the industry and enables a simplified “once certified, recognised everywhere” approach. This reduces inefficiencies from duplication of audits and helps reduce trade barriers. The GFSI Benchmarking process is now the most-widely recognised in the food industry worldwide.
The Benchmarking Requirements are built through consensus of experts and members and based on internationally-recognised standards such as ISO and Codex Alimentarius. They form a shared and widely-accepted understanding of what constitutes a robust food safety certification programme.
Private Certification Programmes may achieve GFSI recognition through benchmarking of their governance rules (addressed in part II of the Benchmarking requirements) and the content of their standard (addressed in part III of the Benchmarking Requirements).
Government-owned standards may be acknowledged through benchmarking of their standard (addressed in part III of the Benchmarking Requirements).