This answer presents some debilitating realities facing SMEs in this statement: “because of their size, lack of technical expertise, economic resources or the nature of their work encounter difficulties in implementing HACCP in their food business.”
1. How does the GMCBP help less developed businesses or cash strapped small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)?
2. What are some suggestions for SMEs to follow in overcoming the debilitating realities identified in the FAQ answer to “who is the programme is aimed at”?
It was also explained in another FAQ answer that the ‘Global Markets Capacity Building Programme’ is “. . . a tool for small and/or less developed businesses to continuously improve their food safety programmes to achieve product safety requirements in a phased approach and ultimately gain certification against one of the GFSI recognized schemes.”
Although a process of assessment and ultimate certification appears to be inextricably tied to the GMCBP program, I would suggest the answer to be “NO” for this question. The GMCBP tool is very useful for developing food safety management systems but it can and may be used without necessarily proceeding to certification. What do you think?
The Protocol Flowchart: