GFSI collaboration at work
GFSI working groups bring together volunteer food industry experts from around the world to work on a range of topics that have been prioritised by the GFSI Board. Their goal is to help GFSI pursue its key objectives of harmonisation and capability building by delivering credible and practical guidelines and insight into strategic food safety issues.
GFSI Working Groups are composed of experts from retailers, manufacturers, food service operators, service providers, certification programme owners, certification bodies, accreditation bodies, academia, and industry associations. Priority is given to candidates from CGF member companies. However the objective is to form a multi-stakeholder group of experts on a given issue. This strengthens the quality of the groups’ output.
When a new working group is created, calls for participation are made. Applications are open to all and rated against selection criteria based on the needs of each project. To receive announcements about new groups, please make sure you are following GFSI News, emailings, LinkedIn Group and Twitter feed.
The Government-to-Business (G2B) Organising Committee is responsible for the planning and implementation of the 2021 G2B Meeting. The G2B Organising Committee will consider current issues impacting food safety and regulatory oversight and identify subject areas that would benefit from further focused examination. In addition to defining the main thematic areas for discussion, the G2B Organising Committee will also determine the most appropriate means (e.g. workshops, plenaries etc.) to facilitate the dialogue and identify the logistical requirements. You can read the full mandate here.
This panel is set up to address the lack of evidence on the use of ICT in food safety audits. The panel will focus their work on food safety audits and inspections, but may not restrict themselves to those, taking data and evidence from other sectors where the use of ICT and remote audits/inspections may be used.
This Working Group is set up to provide an objective review of best practices in the production of leafy greens around the world in response to recent food safety issues in this industry and advise GFSI on the content of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements
The mandate of the Race to the Top Feature 2 Group is to engage and inform the GFSI-recognised CPOs and interested members on the development and implementation of the features 2 of the Race to the Top.
The Stakeholder Advisory Forum’s mandate is to advise the GFSI Board on amendments to the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements so as to ensure they remain current and aligned with the food safety trends of the market.
The GFSI Codex Committee was created to contribute to all relevant Codex matters, bringing industry expertise in food safety management systems and regulatory science, advocating a science-based approach and collaborating with the Codex community to drive GFSI’s strategic objectives around harmonisation, capacity building and public-private partnerships. The GFSI Benchmarking Requirements refer to and are based on relevant Codex Alimentarius guidelines, which are internationally recognised references in food safety. Learn more.
150+ companies and organisations have collaborated with GFSI in over 30 Technical Working Groups. See some of the finished Technical Working Groups below, and view our Alumni page to see community members who have contributed to GFSI’s working groups over the years.