CanadaGAP would like to remind all multi-site operations undergoing a CanadaGAP audit that they need to comply 100% with the management system audit checklist, which was introduced on April 1, 2019.
The determination of whether an operation is a multi-site occurs upon application to the certification body and during scoping of the operation for an audit. The criteria for determining whether an operation is classified as a multi-site is explained in Section 126.96.36.199 of the CanadaGAP Program Management Manual (Version 7.2 2019), available on the CanadaGAP website.
The management system requirements are identified in the audit checklist and correspond to requirements published by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) last year. CanadaGAP is required to comply with all new GFSI requirements in order to maintain international recognition. References to the GFSI requirements can also be found in the CanadaGAP Program Management Manual (Version 7.2 2019) in Section 188.8.131.52.
The audit checklist applies only to multi-site operations enrolled in CanadaGAP certification options A1, A2, C and D. Groups enrolled in CanadaGAP certification options A3 and B will continue to be audited against the GMS audit checklist.
The checklist for auditing multi-site management systems can be downloaded from the CanadaGAP website at www.canadagap.ca/audit-checklist/.
If you have any questions, contact the CanadaGAP office by calling 613-829-4711 or emailing email@example.com.