EHEDG Guidelines


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).

Free documents

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.

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Assurance of quality and safety is an essential need for the continued good reputation of foodstuffs. The correct hygienic design and maintenance of food production systems is considered as a prerequisite to fulfill these requirements.

In order to offer help to the industry in these questions, EHEDG has developed and published a variety of practical guidance documents on adequate hygienic design in different areas of food production equipment and machinery, as well as on the food manufacturing infrastructure. Titles available are listed below, while others are currently in progress to complement the EHEDG document series.

The following list of guidelines is regularly updated and completed by new documents in various language versions. The search function can be used to look for keywords mentioned in the guideline titles. Further information about individual guideline contents opens up when clicking onto a selected title.

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NOTE:Reproduction or further distribution of the EHEDG guidelines is strictly prohibited! All documents downloaded or purchased are intended to be exclusively used by the EHEDG Member or the guideline customer.

The EHEDG Guidelines are indexed in the online database of FSTA (formerly Food Science and Technology Abstracts). Please see for details.

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