Harmonization of EHEDG guidelines and 3-A standards
Aiming to enhance food safety by promoting hygiene in the production and processing of food, EHEDG and the U.S. American 3-A Sanitary Standards organization have many common goals and a similar mission. Both organizations exchange their draft guidelines and standards for expert review and comments before publication. The latest issue of the EHEDG Glossary was developed in co-operation with 3-A and can be downloaded from the Free Documents section.
The contents of all EHEDG guidelines have been cross-referenced with those of 3-A Standards Inc. and are summarized in a matrix available for download (XLS).
The EHEDG Working Groups have published various documents which are available for free download such as position papers and Guideline Doc. 8 on the basic requirements of hygienic design.
The EHEDG guidelines are developed by more than 400 active experts in our Working Groups which are gathering the know-how from food industries, food equipment manufacturers and academia. The co-authors share their particular knowledge with the other experts for drafting or updating the EHEDG guideline contents in order to give the readers practical guidance at hand.
When having identified a topic of interest to the relevant industries, all EHEDG members are welcome to send in to the Secretariat a new guideline or revision proposal (PDF). The topic will be subject to approval by the Product Portfolio Sub-Committee and the EHEDG ExCo.
Upon acceptance of a proposal, the document development process (PDF) is started and the Working Group is established by identifying a lead author (Chair) and members with the expertise required either upon invitation or by means of a call for experts.
For more details about EHEDG guideline development and titles in progress, please see Working Groups.