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Global Food Safety Initiative Audits

NEW! Training Opportunities

NCSI Americas has released their 2014 training schedule, including many courses offered in Oregon.  The following courses will be hosted by ODA:

Overview of GLOBALG.A.P. IFA (Option 1)

     February 20, 2014 (Salem, OR)
     ODA Hawthorne Facility (map)

     March 17, 2014 (Hermiston, OR)
     ODA Hermiston District Office (30588 Feedville Road)

Understanding HACCP Principles

     February 10-11, 2014 (Hermiston, OR)
     ODA Hermiston District Office (30588 Feedville Road)
To register and find more information about other course listings, please see the NCSI Americas website here.

Application Process

Please send us the completed interest form with all anticipated audit services selected.  Upon receipt, we will send the application forms necesssary.  Please initiate this process at least four weeks prior to your expected audit date.

Please email all completed forms to gfsi@oda.state.or.us

(Mac OS X users: This form is best completed in Adobe Reader, not Preview.  Adobe Reader can be downloaded here.)

It is advisable to become familiar with buyer certification requirements (if applicable) to determine the standard you wish to audit to, and then prepare your operation a year in advance.  The actual time needed may vary based on the infrastructure of the food safety program already in place on the farm or in the facility requiring certification.  Standards can be found at their respective websites as indicated on the "Additional Resources" sidebar on the right. 
Oregon Department of Agriculture and NCSI Americas, Inc.
In order to meet industry demand for food safety certifications, Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has partnered with NCSI Americas, Inc. to provide GFSI-benchmarked audits. ODA auditing and inspection services can potentially be bundled as a cost-saving measure.

What is GFSI?
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a non-profit foundation developed in Belgium in 2000 for the purposes of unifying and benchmarking food safety standards.  The standards that meet the GFSI benchmarking requirements are often required by major retailers as evidence of food safety practices implemented by their suppliers

The Benefits of GFSI certification
Third party certifications provide customers confidence in the claims made about a product.  In the case of GFSI audits, buyers can be assured that the products they are purchasing come from a farm or facility with comprehensive food safety practices in place.  Most major retailers have specific certifications they require of their suppliers.  Contact your buyers for their requirements or contact the Oregon Department of Agriculture Commodity Inspection Division for assistance.

Certifications Available
Of the GFSI-recognized schemes, Oregon Department of Agriculture provides:

Global G.A.P. (Integrated Farm Assurance)

$300 Certification fee (per certificate or per site, if sites are on separate certificates)
Annual fee payable to NCSI Americas, Inc. (varies by standard)
$92 per audit hour, 4 hour required minimum (includes administrative time, review time, inspection, and travel time, etc.)
Travel costs: Mileage, lodging, and per diem as required for inspections billed at rates established by Oregon Department of Administrative Services.


  • Beginning January 1, 2013, all applicants receiving a GFSI-benchmarked audit for Costco must also meet the requirements of the Costco Addendum.  Please contact your Costco representative directly for the most current version of the addendum.
If you have any questions about applying for a GFSI benchmarked certification, please call the ODA GFSI Certification Program at (541) 567-2251 or email gfsi@oda.state.or.us.

Additional resources

Certification Programs Brochure


NCSI Americas

GlobalGAP - Integrated Farm Assurance