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 Steering Committee. 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.
To provide GFSI with an expert, independent outlook on any science and technology developments that may impact food safety. This network of multi-disciplinary experts acts as an objective and highly transparent source and review of the evidence underpinning GFSI’s strategic priorities, decisions, and
activities. The members of the Group will develop a yearly report for GFSI on their findings and provide interim updates.
The purpose of this group is to monitor and enable the transition to the new model for the verification of auditor competence.
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.
GFSI wishes to thank members of the Stakeholder Advisory Forum (SAF) for its support and dedication. We recognise this investment, in addition to members’ existing workload.
In light of the recent Governance related challenges arising from SAF meetings, the GFSI Governance Sub-Committee considered the various governance issues raised, which led to a recommendation to the larger GFSI Steering Committee (SteerCo) that the SAF Working Group be dissolved.
A GFSI SteerCo Extraordinary Meeting was therefore convened on the 26th of September during which the SteerCo agreed unanimously to the recommended dissolution, with a commitment to create a new Working Group.
The Stakeholder Advisory Forum’s mandate is to advise the GFSI Steering Committee 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.