Certification Options

Eligible for benchmark/ recognition:

Option

Audit Frequency

Features

Implementation Date 

Canadian Government Food Safety Recognition Program

 A1
Individual Supplier


Every 4 years - scheduled audit on-site

Could also be selected for random audit in Years 2, 3 and 4 of the cycle

Year 1 on-site audit by 3rd party Certification Body
(CB)

Annually - if not selected for
random audit, must complete sworn declaration and self-assessment

Annually - 3rd party CB reviews declarations & self-assessment

More affordable to industry while still providing annual oversight

April 1, 2016

A2
Individual Supplier
           
Every 4 years - on-site audit (scheduled or random)
 
No more than 4 years between on-site audits. If selected for a random audit, scheduled audit date will be extended to four years from the random audit date

Year 1 is always a scheduled audit by the 3rd party CB 
 
Annually - if not selected for random audit, must complete sworn declaration
and self-assessment
 
Annually - 3rd party CB reviews declarations & self-assessments

  April 1, 2016

A3
Group Certification
Annually - Group must internally audit 25% of its member farms
 
Over 4 years - Group internally audits all farms
 
Annually - Group must internally audit its own Management System and central
facilities

Every 3 years - 3rd party CB audit of Management System, central facilities
and sampling of farms
Annually - Remaining 75% of farms must complete sworn declarations and self-assessments
 
Annually - Group must review declarations and self-assessments
 
Group must run internal Management System and effectively act as CB for its
members
 
Group Management System is subject to oversight by 3rd party CB

April 1, 2016

GFSI-Recognized *

B
Group Certification

Annually - Group must internally audit all member farms, central facilities and Management System·    
 
Annually - 3rd party CB audit of Group Management System

·
Annually - Sampling audits by CB of central facilities and farms

Group must run its own internal Management System and effectively act as CB for its members (internal costs)
 
Group Management System is subject to oversight by 3rd
party CB·
 
Design of Option B is based on GLOBALG.A.P. requirements - a rigorous approach

April 1, 2016

GFSI-Recognized*
Canadian Government
Food Safety
Recognition Program

C
Individual Supplier

Annual 

On-site audit by 3rd party CB
 
Meets international benchmarking
requirements
    
Higher cost than A options due to higher audit frequency

April 1, 2016

GFSI-Recognized* for repacking and wholesaling
D
Repacking, Wholesale and Brokerage
 Annual On-site audit by 3rd party CB
          
Repacking and wholesaling components meet international benchmarking requirements

April 1, 2016

* The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) officially recognizes CanadaGAP® certification options B and C, and D for repacking and wholesaling.