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GFSI Certification Overview

GFSI stands for Global Food Safety Initiative. It is an industry-driven initiative. It offers guidance about food safety management systems. Management systems are very important for food safety along the supply chain. GFSI ensures that food facilities process safe food for consumers. It generally reviews three things, including policies and procedures of suppliers, observing the processes of suppliers, and reviewing their records. Major retailers and manufacturers demand their suppliers comply with GFSI Audit Schemes to ensure safe and quality food.

GFSI-approved food safety standards are SQF, BRC, IFS, FSSC, GLOBALG.A.P., BAP, PrimusGFS, and CanadaGAP. These global food safety initiative (GFSI) standards are applicable for food, packaging materials, storage, packaging, and distribution for producers, manufacturers, and distributors.


Brand Reputation Compliance (BRC) is an International Food Safety Management Systems standard. It is one of the certification schemes recognized by GFSI. BRC Global Standard lets your brand earn worldwide recognition for food safety, quality, and responsibility. As a good packager, food distributor, and food processor, renewing your BRC Global Standards Certification annually is important.


International Featured Standard (IFS) is a GFSI benchmarked standard to audit food manufacturers on food safety, and product and quality processes. It applies to firms engaged in manufacturing, processing, or handling food or food ingredients. IFS includes requirements for quality and food safety management systems, senior management responsibility, and resource management.

FSSC 22000

Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 is a food safety certification system recognized by GFSI for food manufacturers. Based on the ISO 22000, ISO/TS 22002-1, and ISO/TS 22002-4 standards, it applies to firms in the food supply chain that manufacture or process perishable vegetable products, animal products, and other food ingredients such as vitamins, additives, and bio-cultures.

Packaging Standards

Food processors and retailers often require food-contact packaging manufacturers for obtaining certification for schemes benchmarked by GFSI. Packaging standards include BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials, FSSC 22000 for Packaging, IFS PACsecure, and SQF for Packaging.


Safe Quality Food (SQF) is credible food safety and quality program, recognized by GFSI. The SQF standard ensures quality safety processes are fully met in the food chain right from suppliers to food industry processors and from distributors to consumers. Benefits of obtaining SQF Certification include increased consumer confidence in your products, greater opportunities with new markets and clients, and an enhanced brand and corporate image.

Global Gap

Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) is a certification system for agriculture. It specifies procedures that need to be executed for creating food for consumers or further processing that is safe and beneficial, using sustainable methods. It can potentially lower the risk of harmful contamination of your produce.

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    QSS Can Assist with the Requirements of GFSI Certification

    We can help you with HACCP & PCP food safety plans which are requirements of GFSI Certification.

    BRC Certification

    We’ll help acquire BRC Certification: the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution and the BRC/IOP Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials.


    FSSC 22000 Certification

    Get this certification to minimize risks, increase brand production, give assurances that food is prepared, produced, and handled as per the most recognized standards.

    SQF Certification

    At Quality Smart Solutions, we assist with HACCP requirements and enhance your food safety and management systems required for SQF certification.


    IFS Certification

    Get IFS certified – IFS Logistics (standard to audit logistics activities for food and non-food products) for the storage and distribution industry and IFS PACsecure for the good packaging industry.

    Packaging Standards

    Meet all required packaging standards. We have expertise in HACCP, Management, audits, Facility conditions, Employee hygiene and training, Control of incoming products, documentation.


    Global Gap Certification

    Our certified professionals will help you by implementing the best practices for reducing microbial contamination and making sure that the food that you sell will not cause harm to them. 

    Our HACCP & PCP Plan Assistance Will Help you Get GFSI Certified Faster

    Our experienced personnel will provide proper guidance on selecting the best GFSI food safety standard for your business. This will enhance your marketability and grow bottom-line profits while reducing your risk. Our professionals will lay everything out for you upfront and are dedicated to providing hands-on assistance throughout every step of GFSI benchmarking certification preparation.


    Our GFSI experts will help you adhere to GFSI standards, audit food safety systems, and get them certified.

    Highest Standards

    We help your supplier network to meet the highest standards in food safety and comply with regulations.

    Enhance Global Market

    We will help you obtain a valid certificate against GFSI-recognized standards to enhance your access to global markets.

    Multi-lingual Network

    We have a multilingual network of specialists in GFSI, BRC Canada, BRC USA, SQF to share their expertise.

    Best Practices

    We’ll ensure your food safety solutions and systems are in line with the best practice so that quality and safety become synonymous.

    Ensure Staff is GFSI Trained

    Our authorities will provide training on-site and online to ensure your personnel/staff are GFSI trained.

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