Peeling the Onion: Unraveling Food Safety Certification and Third Party Audits

Peeling the Onion: Unraveling Food Safety Certification and Third Party Audits
A GMA SEF Webinar Series

In this series of GMA Science and Education Foundation webinars, you will learn more about the intricacies of the 3rd party audit structure, a brief overview of FDA third-party accreditation final rule, and hear perspectives on GFSI and how GFSI prepares you for FSMA compliance. Join us to hear our experts explain how these issues impact your food safety plan. 

  • Part 1: Making sense of the 3rd party audit structure

    Thursday, October 29, 2015
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

    Accreditation, certification, certificates… the structure that supports the 3rd party audit system can be very confusing! In this webinar, participants will gain an understanding of how food safety audits work, the role of accreditation agencies and certification bodies, what distinguishes a GFSI audit from non-GFSI private third-party certificate, and why a certificate is not a guarantee or indication of the quality of a plant’s food safety system.  The webinar will explore options to provide credible certification of a food safety system in a plant. 

    Specific topics covered:

    • Comparison of different architectures for third-party audit systems
    • How GFSI audits work and how they are different from other audits
    • Case study/example

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  • Part 2: Third-party audits, what good are they? Perspectives from Hogan Lovells and GFSI

    Thursday November 5, 2015
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

    An audit company offers a menu of audits: an audit to their own private standard, audits to several GFSI benchmarked schemes, and perhaps in the future, an “FDA accredited” audit. How do you know which you need? This webinar will discuss the application of third-party audits and the implications for annual audits and inspections at the plant level.  Participants will gain an understanding of risk-based decision making when it comes to choosing a third-party audit. 

    Specific topics covered:

    • How does the GFSI Global Market Protocol work and when does it lead to second-party audits
    • Brief overview of the FDA third-party accreditation final rule
    • Comparison of the scopes of the various audit programs
    • Case study/example

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  • Part 3:How does GFSI prepare you for FSMA compliance?

    Thursday, December 10, 2015
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

    Are the FDA regulatory requirements for a Food Safety Plan redundant with GFSI’s expectations around food safety? If you are certified to a GFSI-benchmarked scheme, are you automatically compliant with FSMA? And will FDA consider your certification during an inspection? The last webinar in this series will examine how a food safety management system built around GFSI can lead to FSMA compliance and where there might be differences. 

    Specific topics covered:

    • Overview of FSMA
    • Comparison of US regulatory guidelines with GFSI guidance  
    • Case study/example

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GMA Member/SEF Donor Rate

Series Pass - $300, Individual Webinars - $125 each

Non-GMA Member Rate

Series Pass - $375, Individual Webinars - $150 each

Government/Academia

Series Pass - $125, Individual Webinars - $50 each

Sponsored by: Global Food Safety Resource

Questions?

Akhila Vasan
SEF Fellow and Project Manager
(202) 637-4810

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