Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certifications

Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification

The world’s major food retailers are increasingly requiring certification to GFSI-recognized standards. Achieve compliance and expand market access with Bureau Veritas’ suite of GFSI certification services.

The complexity and global nature of food supply chains are making it more difficult than ever to assure food safety and quality. To address these challenges, more and more retailers are demanding compliance with food safety standards recognized by the GFSI. The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a non-profit association of industry experts committed to improving food safety along the value chain. The GFSI approves a number of food safety standards covering farming, packaging, storage and distribution.

Bureau Veritas offers certification and auditing services for a wide range of GFSI-recognized standards. Certification to these standards shows retailers and consumers your organization’s adherence to food safety management best practices, enhances your access to international markets and enables you to better manage food safety risk.

Key benefits

  • Increase consumer loyalty

    by demonstrating your commitment to food safety

  • Identify and control food safety risks

    through industry best practices

  • Achieve continuous improvement

    with regular audits to identify non-conformities

  • Go above and beyond

    regulatory requirements

  • Secure access to global markets

    with certifications requiring by retailers around the world

FSSC 22000

FSSC 22000 is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) approved food safety standard based on ISO 22000. Required by the world’s leading food retailers, FSSC 2000 certification greatly enhances your market access. No matter your place on the food value chain, Bureau Veritas’ global team of food safety experts can audit and certify your organization against FSSC 22000.

BRCGS and IFS: Ensure safety and quality

Brand Reputation through Compliance Global Standards (BRCGS) and International Food Standard (IFS) are industry trade groups that have developed standards for food safety and quality. Many retailers across the UK, Germany and France require BRCGS and IFS certifications of their suppliers. Certification to these standards helps you access international markets, improve your relationships with distributors and reduce food safety risk. Bureau Veritas is accredited to provide certifications against a wide range of BRCGS and IFS standards, including the BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety, BRCGS Global Standard for Packaging and Packing Materials and BRCGS Global Standard for Storage and Distribution, and the IFS Food and IFS Logistics standards.

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GLOBALG.A.P. and BAP: Agriculture and aquaculture responsibility certifications

Demonstrate that your agriculture and aquaculture practices meet the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility with Bureau Veritas GLOBALG.A.P. and BAP certification. GLOBALG.A.P. is an internationally recognized set of food production safety and quality standards, covering both agriculture and aquaculture. GLOBALG.A.P. certification demonstrates adherence to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP): food safety, sustainability and worker and animal welfare. BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices) is the only certification scheme covering the entire aquaculture value chain, from hatcheries and feed mills, to farms and processing plants. BAP certification demonstrates commitment to environmental and social responsibility.


The Safe Quality Food (SQF) program is a GFSI-recognized food safety and quality certification scheme based on HACCP principles. SQF covers all areas of the food value chain, from primary production and manufacturing, to transportation and distribution. Bureau Veritas’ global network of auditors can certify that your processes are compliant with SQF’s rigorous food safety and ethical standards.

The GFSI Global Markets Programme

The Global Food Safety Initiative Global Markets Programme is a voluntary program that supports smaller businesses across the food industry in developing effective food safety management system. Its four-phase approach, which includes a number of assessments, sets organizations on the path to a GFSI-accredited food safety certification. Bureau Veritas is a fully accredited provider of Global Markets Programme assessments.

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