Certification Option A2: Four-Year Audit Cycle (Variable)

Option A2 is very similar to CanadaGAP® Option A1.

For a facility to be certified to the program in the first year the operator must successfully complete a full on-site audit.

In Years 2, 3 and 4, the operator is required to submit a sworn declaration that the facility continues to comply with CanadaGAP requirements. The declaration is accompanied by a self-assessment checklist that is reviewed by the Certification Body, and a Random Audit program.

The random audit component provides a statistically-validated basis to maintain program rigour in the years where producers are not automatically scheduled for on-site visits. “Random” means that a grower could be randomly chosen for an audit during any or all of the three self-assessment years. The collective enrolment fees paid into the program cover the costs of the random audits and self-assessments so that those randomly selected are not penalized or asked to bear a disproportionate share of the costs. If review of your self-assessment triggers an on-site audit or a request for corrective actions, the program participant is responsible for those costs.

Full (scheduled) audits or random audits can be replaced by Unannounced Audits.

Click here for the Self-Declaration and Self-Assessment Checklist

What is different about Option A2?

If selected for a random audit, the scheduled audit date will be extended to four years from the random audit date. This could result in audit cost savings to producers enrolled in Option A2.

IMPORTANT: You are advised to check with your customer regarding acceptance of various CanadaGAP certification options.

Costs

Option A2 involves three cost components:

  • Annual Program Fee
  • Audit Fee
  • Auditor Travel Expenses

1) Annual Program Fee Paid by the program participant to CanadaGAP. Covers CanadaGAP’s costs to administer the program, process enrolment applications, maintain the technical standards and training materials, oversee Certification Bodies, maintain our government recognition status, collect and analyse data, monitor developments in food safety science and media, offer technical support to the Certification Bodies, communicate to program participants, program marketing/education, office overhead, staff and related expenses. Also covers fees charged by the Certification Body (to CanadaGAP) for review of self-assessments and for performing audits on companies randomly selected as part of the Year 2, 3, 4 surveillance programs.

2) Audit Costs Paid directly by the program participant to the Certification Body. Covers the Certification Body’s cost to deliver audit and certification services including auditor’s time to perform audits, auditor travel time and expenses, technical review of audit reports, follow-up on corrective actions from regularly scheduled audits, triggered audits or review of self-assessments, issuing certificates, administration and office overhead, billing functions, etc.

3) Auditor’s Travel Expenses Costs vary depending on location of the facility, closest available auditor, and proximity to other audit sites. Every effort will be made to schedule audits in such a way to minimize auditor travel expenses.