GFSI - Global markets programme

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Global Markets Programme is an initiative launched by the GFSI which offers small and less-developed organizations a step-by-step approach to implementing food safety requirements building to GFSI-recognized food safety standard or scheme certification.

Through this approach, capacity building in food safety is achieved, while access to local markets is facilitated and a system for mutual acceptance along the supply chain is created.

The programme consists of 3 phases, and a tool kit and clear guidelines have been developed by the GFSI to help organizations better understand the programme.

This tool kit is available for download at

The three phases of the GFSI Global Markets programme:

  • Phase 1: A series of food safety requirements known as the GFSI Basic Level Requirements should be implemented by the food organization within a period of twelve months.
  • Phase 2: The food organization should progress to the next tier where a second series of food safety requirements, the GFSI Intermediate Level Requirements should be implemented within a twelve month period.
  • Phase 3: After this two year period, the food organization should be in a position to progress to full certification against a GFSI-recognized food safety scheme.

What are the benefits of the GFSI Global Markets Programme?

By better managing their activities, food organizations can demonstrate that they operate in a safe and responsible way, mitigating their risks and progressing along a path towards better market access, consumer acceptance, continual improvement and reduced costs.

How can LRQA help?

LRQA invests heavily in our people and processes and also due to our collaborative approach with the GFSI, our technical experts worldwide possess deep understanding of the Global Markets Programme. 

LRQA is able to provide food organizations worldwide training and assessments - thereby capitalizing on our network of local trainers and assessors in varying local languages.  

LRQA offers two approaches: 

1. Large, multinationals 

For large organizations seeking to improve their supply chain, LRQA has created a sustainable approach that will allow for the participation of suppliers of several multinationals. LRQA will work with these organizations to clearly identify and customize training and assessment needs. 

LRQA will work closely with our clients to manage the project from inception to completion, beyond just the technical aspects.  LRQA has piloted our project management approach to the Global Markets Programme with several leading food and beverage multinationals and their suppliers. 

2. Small suppliers 

For suppliers interested in gaining better market access and mitigating their risks, LRQA offers a comprehensive training and assessment program that will assist with their journey. Our approach involves identifying needs, conducting assessments, providing training and mentoring when and where needed. 

LRQA holds extensive technical experience and expertise in providing training and assessments in food safety systems and food safety management systems. We have worked with many large multinationals as well as small businesses in the deployment and implementation of their food safety systems. Our participation in the Technical Working Group for the Global Markets Programme provides us with first-hand insight. 

LRQA has developed expertise in providing training in both the basic modules and intermediate modules and has also conducted assessments against both phases using the recognized GFSI checklists. We can therefore work alongside your organization in a step-by-step approach towards a successful progression in the food safety journey to attaining GFSI-recognized certification.

Why choose LRQA?

Trusted experience - LRQA has been at the forefront of food safety standards development and is a market leader in ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 certification and training.  This is why many of the world’s leading food processing, beverage, food manufacturing and packaging organizations choose LRQA.

Technical expertise – LRQA food safety technical experts were at the forefront of standards development and contribution towards the GFSI Global Markets Programme, HACCP, PAS 220 (which is now ISO/TS 22002-1), ISO 22000, PAS 223 (which is now ISO/TS 22002-4) and FSSC 22000, giving your organization and your supply chain the confidence that you’re working with the market leader and expert in food safety systems certification.  

Our food safety assessors and technical specialists have some of the most extensive ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 experience in the world.  Many are hand-selected to provide input into the work of the ISO technical committees as well as the Foundation for Food Safety Certification and are able to provide first-hand insight into requirements of the standard and the standard’s logic.

Accreditation - Globally, LRQA has been independently accredited by multiple accreditation bodies to provide certification to a multitude of standards, including ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 to a range of certification scopes.

Proven client satisfaction – Year after year, LRQA clients continue to report more overall satisfaction rating of our service and technical support.

Impartiality and objectivity – With no shareholders of our own, we are independent and impartial in everything we do.  We are committed to acting with integrity and objectivity at all times.

Assessment methodology – LRQA helps you manage your systems and risks to improve and protect the current and future performance of your organization.  Our approach is built on three pillars and extends the focus beyond the certificate to an assessment approach designed to help organizations meet their strategic objectives.  And we’re confident that LRQA further helps our food and beverage clients minimize and better manage their food safety risks.

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