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EHEDG: World Reference In Hygienic Design

Let’s improve global food safety and quality together

The European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) is a consortium of equipment manufacturers, food industries, research institutes and public health authorities, founded in 1989 with the aim of promoting hygiene during the processing and packaging of food products. Today, EHEDG is a non-profit foundation and a worldwide knowledge community connecting food industry stakeholders, scientists and legislators along the supply chain, with 500+ company and 70 university members, with institutes and authorities from 60 countries.

The basis for your successful food safety programs

Since its establishment, EHEDG has contributed to a safer food production on a global scale by helping to improve the cleanability and food safety of industrial processing and packaging installations. The EHEDG product portfolio includes guidelines, equipment certification and training programs in many countries.

Companies become EHEDG members to improve process safety & sustainability, safeguard regulatory compliance, minimize food safety risks, reduce lifecycle costs, protect food quality, maximise production time, create new business opportunities, and to exchange know-how and best practices.

People, expertise, commitment

More than 4000 high-level key-contact persons from the different stakeholder groups are linked to EHEDG, representing their companies and institutions, representing staff behind from all over the world. More than 500 experts from food equipment manufacturers, food industries and academia are actively involved into the EHEDG Working Groups, addressing themselves to the task of developing and writing up the EHEDG Guidelines and other reference documents.

34 Regional Sections in Europe and overseas disseminate the EHEDG know-how by guideline translation, conferences, training courses and other events. EHEDG equipment testing & certification is recognised worldwide and more than 520 pieces or series of equipment have successfully passed the test until today. Training Courses on hygienic engineering and design are offered in many countries worldwide by highly qualified EHEDG trainers.

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