Q&A: CanadaGAP Certification

  • Open Which GFSI standard/scheme should I pick to certify to?

    Several standards fall under the GFSI scope, which can be confusing when you need to select just one. Some standards are geared toward particular industry sectors (GLOBALG.A.P. for agriculture, BAP for seafood), but outside of that, it is up to individual companies to select which is right for them. As your chosen certifier, NSF can walk you through the various standards and provide insight and guidance on which would be most appropriate for your company.

  • Open How can NSF help me prepare for GFSI certification?

    NSF has the expertise and experience to assist your facility at every step in preparing for and maintaining certification to GFSI benchmarked standards including training, technical advice, pre-assessment audits, GFSI audits/certification and re-assessment audits.

  • Open How long does it take to prepare for GFSI certification?

    Preparing for GFSI certification is different for every facility based on the current development of the facility, quality of recordkeeping and the resources your company may have to prepare for GFSI certification.  It generally takes an average of six to nine months to prepare for GFSI certification. Please contact us at +1 877.893.1325 or foodsafetysolutions@nsf.org to discuss the process and determine your estimated timeline to certification.

  • Open How far in advance should I schedule my NSF GFSI certification audit?

    NSF is the largest GFSI certification body in the world, certifying to nearly all categories within the GFSI standards. We recommend that you schedule your audits as far as six to nine months in advance to assure the date(s) you desire. Many factors determine availability including the category, time of year, standard, etc. Contact us at +1 877.893.1325 or foodsafetysolutions@nsf.org to discuss our availability for your category and desired standard.

  • Open What is CanadaGAP?

    CanadaGAP is a food safety program for fresh fruits and vegetables. The program consists of national food safety standards and a certification system for produce suppliers. Two manuals, one specific to greenhouse operations and one for other fruit and vegetable operations, have been designed for companies implementing good agricultural practices (GAPs) in their operations. The program is based on HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) and undergoes a rigorous technical review and oversight by Canadian government officials.  The program is open to suppliers who need to demonstrate to their customers that they are meeting food safety requirements. Program participants are required to pass a third-party audit specifically based on the CanadaGAP manuals.

  • Open Is CanadaGAP a government program?

    No. CanadaGAP is owned by CanAgPlus, a not-for-profit corporation. However, government has played a key role in program development, and maintains oversight of any changes to technical requirements. Each commodity-specific module has undergone a rigorous technical review by a team of specialists from the federal and provincial governments. The program’s development was made possible by federal funding.

  • Open How does CanadaGAP compare to other food safety programs around the world?

    CanadaGAP is the first Canadian food safety program to be internationally recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). In May 2010 GFSI formally benchmarked and approved CanadaGAP certification options B and C as meeting international requirements for on-farm food safety. For more information about GFSI and the benchmarking process, visit www.mygfsi.com.  Through the benchmarking process, CanadaGAP is establishing equivalent status to other internationally recognized food safety programs, such as SQF, PrimusGFS and GLOBALG.A.P. (food safety elements only). These efforts position CanadaGAP-certified companies to remain competitive and use a unique, made-in-Canada program to meet international customer demands.

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