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Scheme Audit Documents

PrimusGFS Audit Documentation Version 2.1

The information below pertains to PrimusGFS Version 2.1, which has been utilized since February 2014. Version 2.1 was benchmarked under GFSI Guidance Document 5th Edition. Key documents for auditees are the General Regulations, Questions and Expectations and Interpretation Guidelines.

PrimusGFS audits are composed of several modules and their applicability depends on the type of operation being audited:

Module 1 FSMS
Food Safety Management Systems
Applicable to all operations types
Module 2 GAP
Good Agricultural Practices
Applicable to growing areas (fields, ranches, greenhouses etc.). Harvest crew section is optional.
Module 2 GMP
Good Manufacturing Practices
Applicable to facilities (coolers, packinghouses, processors and storage)
Module 3 HACCP
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points
Applicable to all facilities, not applicable to growing areas/ harvest crews.


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PrimusGFS Standard Version 2.1 ▲ Back to top ▲

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.

PrimusGFS Questions and Expectations Version 2.1 ▲ Back to top ▲

Summary of Changes to Questions and Expectations v2.1 ▲ Back to top ▲

This document summarizes the changes that were made to the PrimusGFS Questions and Expectations during the update from v1.6 to v2.1. Questions are color-coded to highlight new items.

PrimusGFS Interpretation Guidelines Version 2.1 ▲ Back to top ▲ PrimusGFS Checklists Version 2.1 ▲ Back to top ▲

PrimusGFS Audit Documentation Version 1.6

The information below pertains to PrimusGFS Version 1.6, which has been utilized since February 2010. Version 1.6 was benchmarked under GFSI Guidance Document 5th Edition. Key documents for auditees are the General Regulations, Questions and Expectations and Interpretation Guidelines.

PrimusGFS audits are composed of several modules and their applicability depends on the type of operation being audited:

Module 1 FSMS
Food Safety Management Systems
Applicable to all operations types
Module 2 GAP
Good Agricultural Practices
Applicable to growing areas (fields, ranches, greenhouses etc.). Harvest crew section is optional.
Module 2 GMP
Good Manufacturing Practices
Applicable to facilities (coolers, packinghouses, processors and storage)
Module 3 HACCP
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points
Applicable to all facilities, not applicable to growing areas/ harvest crews.

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This document explains the scheme scopes (categories) recognized by GFSI. The document also notes certification body (CB) requirements and auditor requirements. The document goes on to explain the audit system including audit duration, frequency, scoring systems, corrective action requirements and various other details.

Certification bodies should also note Annex 1 – Flow Chart – How to become an approved CB – v1 , which briefly outlines the process of becoming an approved PrimusGFS CB.

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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.

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PrimusGFS Interpretation Guidelines Version 1.6 (February 2010) ▲ Back to top ▲

These documents provide further explanation/interpretation of the questions and expectations:

Module 1 Food Safety Management Systems v1.6 Interpretation Guideline
Edition v1.4, July 2013
Module 2 Good Agricultural Practices v1.6 Interpretation Guideline
Edition v1.4, July 2013
Module 2 Good Manufacturing Practices v1.6 Interpretation Guideline
Edition v1.4, July 2013
Module 3 Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points v1.6 Interpretation Guideline
Edition v1.4, July 2013

PrimusGFS Checklists Version 1.6 (February 2010) ▲ Back to top ▲