Certification Options 2017-12-21T11:14:34+00:00

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Individual Certification
Group Certification

Options for Individual Operations

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Canadian Government Food Safety Recognition Program Every 4 years – 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

Option A1
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Canadian Government Food Safety Recognition Program Every 4 years – audit on-site

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 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

Option A2
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GFSI-recognized*

Canadian Government Food Safety Recognition Program

Annual On-site audit by 3rd party CB

Meets international benchmarking
requirements

Higher cost than A options due to higher audit frequency

Option C
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GFSI-recognized* for repacking and wholesaling components

Canadian Government Food Safety Recognition Program

Annual On-site audit by 3rd party CB

Repacking and wholesaling components meet international benchmarking requirements

Option D

Options for Groups

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Canadian Government Food Safety Recognition Program 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 farmsOver 4 years – Group internally audits all 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

Option A3
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GFSI-recognized*

Canadian Government Food Safety Recognition Program

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

Option B

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