To allow Canadian suppliers to continue using the CanadaGAP® Program while also satisfying the demands of international customers who require programs recognized by GFSI, Option C certification includes an Annual Audit on-site. Some domestic customers may also require their suppliers to be certified under Option C, or may require it only for identified “high-risk” suppliers. This option is equally available to any program participant who simply prefers an annual on-site visit.
Annual on-site audits may be replaced by unannounced audits.
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) in May 2010 formally benchmarked and recognized certification options B and C as meeting international requirements for food safety. Re-benchmarking to GFSI Version 7.2 was completed in August 2019.
Option C is more costly than other options due to the Annual Audit. Costs will vary somewhat depending on the scope, size and location of your operation and the duration of your audit.
Option C involves three cost components:
What is Benchmarking?
Official processes are available under the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and GLOBALG.A.P. programs to obtain formal recognition of equivalency. 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 by GFSI and in May 2010 were formally recognized by GFSI.