Tetsuro Ohba, President

The Japan Food Safety Management Association (JFSM), established in January 2016, is an organization that develops and operates food safety management standards and certification schemes consistent with global standards. We also aim to build a common food safety platform for the food industry by operating food safety management standards that can be easily introduced not only by large food business operators but also by small and medium-sized enterprises, which account for most of the food industry in Japan. Our mission is to contribute to upgrade food safety not only in Japan but also in the food industry and consumers in Asia, and to foster food safety specialists who can play an active role in the food business, audit and certification business, and participate in the rulemaking of global standards.

In recent years, the food supply chain has become more complex as globalization progresses. Therefore, food trading among countries with different cultures and regulations requires to ensure the traceability of information, legal compliance, and appropriate management of food safety. Scientific control applied for food safety operations is essential; however, it is also necessary to properly manage the people and organizations responsible for the operations. Food safety management system has been standardized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has established benchmark requirements of the food safety management. GFSI has recognized private standards of food safety management, which are compliant with the benchmark requirements, and thus those standards are disseminating as de facto global standards.

For Japan to join as a member of global standards, the JFS-C standard was recognized by GFSI in October 2018, and JFSM is now able to participate in international rulemaking for food safety management as a Certification Program Owner (CPO). Japanese products are generally perceived as high quality, and thus people often say "Japan Quality." However, the safety of food products is not only supported by inspection results but also by the third-party certification of HACCP and food safety management standards, especially in global trading.

Due to the declining birthrate and aging population in Japan, the Japanese food market will gradually shrink. Therefore, government-led efforts to promote exports of Japanese food and the food culture is a key driver for the growth of the food industry in Japan. The growing trend of food safety management certificate as a passport for global trading of foods and food products should suggest that it is necessary for Japanese food business operators (FBOs) to promote the level of food safety management in order to expand the food business to overseas markets. JFSM will strive to provide easy-to-understand and easy-to-operate standards and certification programs so that all Japanese FBOs can catch-up with the global standards of food safety management certificate.