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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 programmes in many countries worldwide.

Companies become EHEDG members to improve process safety & sustainability, safeguard regulatory compliance, minimise 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 4,000 high-level key-contact persons are linked to EHEDG, representing their companies and institutions from all over the world. More than 500 experts from food equipment manufacturers, food industries and academia are actively involved in the EHEDG Working Groups, with 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 translating guidelines, helding conferences, training courses and other events. EHEDG equipment testing & certification is recognised worldwide and more than 520 equipment components or series have successfully passed the test until today. Training Courses on hygienic engineering and design are offered online and in-person, in many countries worldwide by  qualified EHEDG trainers.

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