Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Certification

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Certification
  • Why Work With NSF?
  • Certification Process

NSF is accredited to certify to the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standards which address environmental and social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety and traceability for aquaculture facilities. BAP certification defines the most important elements of responsible aquaculture and provides quantitative guidelines by which to evaluate adherence to those practices.

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), a non-profit non-governmental organization founded in 1997, develops the BAP certification standards and encourages responsible aquaculture practices. GAA also works to improve production and marketing efficiencies, and to promote effective, coordinated regulatory and trade policies.

For additional information, see the BAP website or contact NSF Seafood.

Benefits of Certification

The BAP program outlines standards for each type of facility, from hatchery and feed mill to farm to processing plant. It currently certifies shrimp farms and hatcheries; salmon, tilapia, channel catfish and Pangasius farms; seafood processing plants and feed mills.

Certification to a GFSI recognized standard such as BAP increases brand protection and minimizes risk. Achieving NSF certification to a BAP standard provides independent certification that a product or process complies with specific international standards and enables a food supplier to give assurances that food has been produced, prepared and handled according to the most recognized standards.

It demonstrates a commitment to quality processes and continual improvement, and enables access to top retailers.

Why Work With NSF?

NSF International is the leading global certifier to GFSI benchmarked standards, with exceptional technical expertise, consistently calibrated auditors and capacity for a timely path to certification. Backed by nearly 70 years of food safety expertise and a current average of 35,000 GFSI certification audits performed annually, we enable companies around the globe to demonstrate compliance with the most recognized food safety standards in the world.

NSF is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), and has a worldwide network of highly skilled and experienced auditors to help organizations of all sizes implement complex food safety solutions.

Certification Process

The BAP certification process follows five basic steps:

  1. Your facility/operation reviews standards, guidelines and the certification application form.
  2. You return the completed application form to BAP headquarters.
  3. Upon application approval, BAP assigns an accredited BAP certification body to your facility.
  4. The certification body inspects your facility/operation.
  5. Following successful inspection and any corrective active resolutions, BAP certification is granted.

To maintain BAP certification, an annual compliance verification inspection must be conducted.

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  • Open What products are covered in the BAP standards?

    The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standards cover aquaculture facilities for shrimp, salmon, tilapia, channel catfish and Pangasius. Additional standards are under development.

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  • NSF has been an invaluable partner in planning the transition of Yum! suppliers to global food safety certification. They are true industry experts with unmatched knowledge of best practices and global supply chain solutions.Mary Townsend-Smith
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