CanadaGAP certificates are valid for 12 months. In exceptional cases, an operation can request from their Certification Body an extension of their certificate. Some of these exceptional cases include:

  • to manage audit timing of multi-commodity operations,
  • extenuating circumstances such as a strike or severe weather,
  • previous audits occurring at times that were not optimal because of errors in audit scoping,
  • previous certificates issued with expiry dates that do not reflect correct timing for subsequent audits
  • changes in an operation’s activities or crop

The certificate may be extended 4 months (at the maximum) as long as the following conditions are met:

  • the extension is granted before the certificate expires
  • the operation is in good standing with CanadaGAP
  • the next audit will occur during the extension period.

OVID-19: Due to exceptional circumstances during the pandemic, Certification Bodies may be able to extend their certificate for up to six months for a COVID-related extension.

More detailed information can be found in the CanadaGAP Program Management (Section 3.3.5.5.4) found here.

April 11th, 2022 at 01:59 pm