EHEDG (the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group) is a consortium of equipment manufacturers, food industries, research institutes as well as public health authorities and was founded in 1989 with the aim of promoting hygiene during the processing and packaging of food products.
To date, there are about 360 companies, universities, institutes and authorities affiliated to the EHEDG, coming from more than 55 countries worldwide. More than 1,300 high-level key-contact persons from the different stakeholder groups are linked to the organization, representing their companies and institutions with many thousand staff behind from all over the world. 350 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 reference documents.
The EHEDG Regional Sections in 24 countries in Europe and overseas disseminate the EHEDG know-how by guideline translation, conferences, training courses and other events. More Regional Sections are currently in the course of formation. EHEDG Equipment Certification is recognised worldwide and the EHEDG-authorized Institutes have tested and certified more than 450 pieces of equipment until today. Advanced Training Courses on hygienic engineering and design are offered worldwide by highly skilled EHEDG trainers.