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Option D: Certification for Repacking and Wholesale Operations

Option D has been designed for certification of Repacking and Wholesale operations. It entails an annual on-site audit by a CanadaGAP-licensed Certification Body. The requirements are based on the CPMA Repacking and Wholesale Food Safety Program, which was technically reviewed and deemed sound by federal and provincial governments.

Requirements for repacking and wholesale have been incorporated into the existing CanadaGAP manuals. Users apply the requirements only from the sections of the manual that are relevant to them.
Repacking and Wholesale operations must develop and maintain a site-specific HACCP Plan. A generic HACCP model is available from CanadaGAP, as is guidance on creating a HACCP Plan.

The addition of requirements for repacking and wholesale creates a seamless program for those whose operations may be vertically integrated. The availability of Option D ensures consistency in food safety requirements across the supply chain.

CanadaGAP certification will be available for Repacking and Wholesaling operations effective April 1, 2014.


Option D certification is available for the repacking and wholesale of all fresh fruits and vegetables except for mushrooms, fresh sprouts, fresh fruits and vegetables in hermetically sealed containers, and minimally processed fruits and vegetables.

Who should choose Option D?

Choose Option D if your company:

  • Repacks fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Wholesales (i.e., stores) product in market ready packaging materials and does not do any packing/repacking.
  • Handles (e.g., receives, sorts, grades, stores, repacks, etc.) imported product (e.g., citrus, avocado, tropical fruit, etc.)
  • Repacks or wholesales other fruits and vegetables (e.g., globe artichoke, okra, etc.) that are outside of CanadaGAP’s scope for production, packing and storage.

Cost Implications

Option D involves three cost components:

  • Annual Program Fee
  • Audit Fees
  • Auditor Travel Expenses
1) Annual Program Fee Paid by the program participant to CanadaGAP. The Board of Directors sets the annual program fee each year. The fee covers CanadaGAP’s costs to administer the program, process enrolment applications, maintain the technical standards and training materials, oversee Certification Bodies, pursue international benchmarking and maintain government recognition status, collect and analyse data, monitor developments in food safety science and media, offer technical support to the CBs, communicate to program participants, program marketing/education, office overhead, staff and related expenses.

2) Audit Costs Paid directly by the program participant to the Certification Body. Covers the CB’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, issuing certificates, administration and office overhead, billing functions, etc. The cost of the audit varies somewhat depending on the scope, size and location of your operation and the duration of your audit.

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.

Is Option D recognized by GFSI?

Official processes are available under the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) to obtain formal recognitions of equivalency. CanadaGAP intends to seek GFSI recognition for Option D once ten accredited certificates have been issued. This is required by GFSI before benchmarking can begin.

During the benchmarking process, the CanadaGAP program is rigorously reviewed by a group of experts to ensure that the food safety requirements as well as program delivery, certification and management systems are comparable to other recognized programs. CanadaGAP certification options B and C have undergone benchmarking and are formally recognized by GFSI.