March 28th, 2023 at 11:11 am
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.
COVID-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 184.108.40.206.4) found here.