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Food safety for small enterprises: EFSIS Safe & Legal Standard

Posted by Bertrand Duteil on 21/07/2016


The food industry can sometimes be a difficult world for smaller enterprises. Indeed, they have to obey the same set of regulations than the other market players, even if they do not necessarly have the organisational structures or the number of employees needed to deal with heavy documentation requirements. Small enterprises need the same amount of supplier and product related documents for every purchased good. Similarly, small supplying companies also need to produce a full amount of supporting documents for their own customers.

One of the most common standard in the food industry is the BRC (British Retail Consortium)/LINK. With its complex coverage and requirements, this standard is rather tailored for large companies with an established quality management system. In contrast, the EFSIS Safe & Legal Standard is directed to small enterprises of the food industry.

The international food standard Safe & Legal is a rather unknown food safety standard. Using the same fundaments as the BRC, it is nevertheless less complex and  easier to set up thanks to its lighter requirements. Also, it allows smaller enterprises to let their production process certified for food safety.

The most significant areas covered by the standard are the following ones:

  • Premises Design
  • Equipment Design
  • Pest Control
  • Transport/ Distribution
  • HACCP-System
  • Quality System
  • Product Labelling
  • Chemical / Physical Contamination Risks
  • Process Controll
  • Training
  • Purchase/Delivery

As for other certifications, the audit  and certificate delivery will be made by an independent certification body. The certificate has a a validity of 1 year. This supplier document criteria check the whole production process of the manufacturing company, from the hygiene to the quality management system.

The EFSIS Certificate needs the following information to be delivered:

  • The complete legal name and address of the company being certified
  • The product being certified
  • Name of the certifying body (SAI Global/ EFSIS)
  • Signature/ stamp of the certifying body
  • Date of issue
  • The validity of the certificate (1 year)


  • The European Food Safety Inspection Service (EFSIS) created its Safe & Legal Standard in 2004.
  • In 2006, EFSIS became a part of SAI Global, company offering products and services in Risks management such as audits, certifications or trainings.
  • SAI Global/ EFSIS is the only independent certifying body delivering this standard
  • The EFSIS Standard covers 20 areas while the BRC covers 36
  • The Safe & Legal Standard often servers as preliminary certificate for the BRC requirements.

Find more information on the website of SAI Global.



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