In the dynamic world of the food and beverage sector, ensuring that products and processes meet the pinnacle of safety, quality, and responsibility has become imperative. With the complexities of globalized supply chains and stringent regulatory standards, achieving these benchmarks presents significant challenges.
Assurance and certification services provide businesses a structured pathway to navigate these challenges, enabling them to attain compliance, manage potential risks, and enhance their overall food safety performance. By adopting globally recognized standards like ISO 22000 and GFSI-endorsed schemes, companies not only affirm their dedication to excellence but also create an environment where consumer safety and trust are embedded.
As consumer expectations evolve, the importance of food safety cannot be overstated. Any lapse can lead to severe repercussions for public health, financial losses, and damage to a brand’s reputation. Hence, integrating tools such as a certified management system tailored for the food sector becomes essential. Through these certifications, based on universally acknowledged standards, businesses have systematic audits, helping them refine their operations. This proactive approach helps in mitigating potential risks, upholding brand value, and reinforcing a steadfast commitment to delivering safe and high-quality food products to consumers across the globe.
IIOA members offer certification under a number of standards and schemes. These include:
- BRC Global Standards is a leading safety and quality certification programme, used by over 20,000 certificated suppliers in 90 countries.
- FSSC 22000 contains a complete certification scheme for Food Safety Management Systems that is aligned with the ISO Management System approach and the ISO Harmonized Structure.
- GlobalG.A.P. is a brand of smart farm assurance solutions for the certification of agriculture, aquaculture, and floriculture – advancing safer and more sustainable farming practices in over 130 countries worldwide..
- IFS covers a range of globally applied standards in Food, Logistics, Household and Personal Care, Broker and Cash & Carry/Wholesale.
- ISO 22000 The ISO 22000 family of International Standards addresses food safety management.
- SQF food safety scheme administered by the FMI – the Food Industry Association.
- GFSI – The Global Food Safety Initiative, part of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), bringing together retailers and manufacturers from across the CGF membership and an extended food safety community to oversee food safety standards for businesses and help provide access to safe food for people everywhere.