PrimusGFS Version 3.0 (May 2018) has been successfully benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), achieving recognition against the GFSI Guidance Document 7.1 Edition.
Version 3.0 features some significant modifications. First, it has simultaneously incorporated all FSMA requirements, including those of the Produce Safety Rule, Preventive Controls for Human Food, and the Sanitary Transportation Rule, as well as other regulatory requirements, such as the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, along with the standards of Version 7.1 of GFSI’s Guidance Documents for both Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).
PrimusGFS V3.0 will become mandatory January 1st, 2019 and all audits conducted after this date must use the new version.
PrimusGFS Version 3.0 audits are composed of several modules and their applicability depends on the type of operation being audited:
|Module 1||Food Safety Management System (FSMS)||Applicable to all operations|
|Module 2||Farm||Applicable for farm operations|
|Module 3||Indoor Agriculture||Applicable for indoor agriculture operations|
|Module 4||Harvest Crew||Applicable harvest crew operations|
|Module 5||Facility||Applicable for all facility operations|
|Module 6||Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP)||Applicable for all facility operations|
|Module 7||Preventive Control (PC)||Optional to all facility operation|
This document is the scheme standard, and briefly explains the requirements of each subsection of the PrimusGFS scheme; it must be used in conjunction with the General Regulations, Questions and Expectations, and Guideline Interpretation documents.
These documents provide further explanation/interpretation of the questions and expectations:
These checklists are useful for auditees’ performing self-audits and also for auditors who enter their audits into the PrimusGFS software system: