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GFSI Benchmarking Consultation: Scope Extension for Storage and Distribution

July 8, 2014 - Kestrel Food Safety

GFSI was originally created to harmonize food safety standards in a way that would drive reduced audit duplication throughout the supply chain. At that time, there was no existing scheme that could be qualified as “global” and be adopted by all. GFSI, therefore, chose to rely on benchmarking, developing a model that determines equivalency between existing food safety schemes, while leaving flexibility and choice in the marketplace.

Benchmarking and the GFSI Guidance Document

This benchmarking model is based on the GFSI Guidance Document, a multi-stakeholder document that defines the process by which food safety schemes may gain recognition by GFSI and gives guidance to these schemes. GFSI drives continuous improvement through the Guidance Document, which is updated on a regular basis with global industry input to ensure that the requirements for food safety management schemes are robust.

Benchmarking Scope Extension

When an existing scheme owner is applying for a new scope of recognition or seeking a change in extension within an existing recognized scope that does not represent a significant change to the scheme governance or ownership, the management system, or key elements, they must complete an extension to scope application.

As part of the scope extension process, GFSI publishes the benchmarking report for stakeholder consultation on the GFSI website for a period of 4 weeks.

IFS and BRC Scope Extensions for Storage and Distribution

Both IFS and BRC are currently in the scope extension application process. Each is seeking to extend its scope to include the J provision of storage and distribution services. The consultation period for both standards is currently open for comments:

Any comments, observations or objections made by stakeholders about the report will be collated by the GFSI Benchmark Committee Leader and put forward for consideration to the Benchmark Committee members.

Submitted by: Bill Bremer

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