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Call for Participation –
GFSI Benchmarking and Harmonisation Working Group


The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is pleased to announce the constitution of the new GFSI Benchmarking and Harmonisation Working Group (BHWG)

The focus is the development and effective implementation of GFSI Benchmarking Requirements (BMR), under the purview of the GFSI Technical Sub Committee, at a global level.

GFSI Benchmarking requirements (BMR) are the cornerstone of GFSI’s strategy for driving Harmonisation and the BHWG will be essential to adhere to the bold goal to deliver the new set of Benchmarking requirements by the end of 2024.

The GFSI Steering Committee is therefore committed to the swift constitution of this working group.

The key objective is to form a multi-stakeholder group of experts on the subject of GFSI BMR strengthening the quality of the groups’ output whilst remaining very intentional on delivering the next set of BMR as per the announced timeline.

Professionals with an extensive track record in Food Safety Management with knowledge and expertise of GFSI-recognised certification programmes are encouraged to apply.

Working Groups' Composition

In terms of composition, GFSI expects this new Working Group to include representatives from the following stakeholder groups:

  • Industry members (75%)
  • Certification Bodies
  • GFSI recognised Certification Programme Owners (CPOs)
  • Other senior-ranking food safety management experts working in operational settings

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is pleased to announce the constitution of the new GFSI Benchmarking and Harmonisation Working Group (BHWG)




GFSI evidently values inputs from other expert groups e.g. Academics, specific industry sector experts and will reach out to a broader stakeholder group during the development process of GFSI BMR.

In addition to the information provided below, the successful applicants will receive an onboarding session including further details as it relates to this working group’s mandate and GFSI’s ways of working, thus enabling them to make a pertinent contribution to the working group’s output.

GFSI expects the first meeting of the new Working Group to be an online meeting in March 2024, followed by an in-person meeting at the GFSI Conference in Singapore. Further details to be confirmed to successful applicants.

Mandate - Key Aspects

  • Provide the GFSI Steering Committee with expert advice on amendments to the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements to remain current and aligned with the food safety requirements and trends of the market
  • Deliver against the working group work plan as defined by the GFSI Technical Sub Committee and GFSI Steering Committee
  • Maintain industry vigilance and advise on emerging issues to be addressed within the requirements
  • Raise concerns to the GFSI Technical Sub Committee and GFSI Steering Committee and advise on technical and implementation issues of the requirements to reflect different industry perspectives

Members Candidacy and Appointment Process - Key Aspects

In line with GFSI Governance Rules, CGF/GFSI member companies are given priority when applying for GFSI Working Groups.

  • Applicants must represent one of the types of organisations listed in the composition section above and represent their organisation only
  • Applicants must be an active member of the organisation they represent
  • Applicants must also understand:
    1. International standards, including ISO
    2. Food Safety certifications,
    3. Accreditation. For example, the IAF and IAF MLA regulations
    4. GFSI Governance rules and ways of working
  • Applicants must commit to the behaviour and code of conduct stated in the GFSI Governance rules and be committed to effectively delivering the working group mandate.
To Apply
  • Entitling the email  “Application for GFSI Benchmarking and Harmonisation Working Group“.
  • Please attach a CV, and add a cover note stipulating suitability for the role (see credentials required above).
  • GFSI will consider all applications received by: Tuesday February 6th at 5pm CET.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by 29th February 2024.


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