Market Access Certification and Inspection

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to provide continuous improvement in food safety management systems, in order to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide. This work is accomplished through collaboration between food safety experts from retail, manufacturing, and food service companies, as well as international organizations, governments, academia, and service providers to the global food industry. Retailers often require suppliers to maintain third party certification to a GFSI benchmarked standard.

Benefits of GFSI certifi​cation

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 buyer(s) for their requirements or contact the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Market Access and Certification Program for assistance.

Certifications av​ailable

GlobalG.A.P. (Integrated Farm Assurance)

  • Appropriate for producers or grower groups with the following configurations:
    • ​​Individual producers with a single site (Option 1 – Individual)
    • Individual producers with multiple sites but no Quality Management System
      (Option 1 – Multisite without QMS)
    • Individual producers with multiple sites and a Quality Management System
      (Option 1 – Mulstisite with QMS)
    • Group of producers (Option 2)
Note: For Global.G.A.P., a site is defined as a production area that is owned or rented and managed by one legal entity, and where the same resources (water supply, workers, equipment, stores, etc.) are used. A single site may include multiple, non-contiguous fields.

  • Can include field packing and produce handling components
  • Can include a quality management system component
  • Integrated Farm Assurance criteria and checklists are available for:
    • All Farm Base
    • Crops Base
    • Fruit and Vegetables Base
  • Producers requesting GlobalG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance certification will be audited against all modules, including the all farm base, crops base, and fruit and vegetables base

PrimusGFS

  • One audit can encompass both farm and processing operations
  • Criteria, checklists, and interpretation guidelines are available for all modules, including:
    • Food Safety Management System (FSMS)
    • Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
    • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
    • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)
  • ​Producers will be audited against the FSMS and GAP modules
  • Processors will be audited against the FSMS, GMP, and HACCP modules
Note: For PrimusGFS, a farm is referred to as a “ranch.” A ranch is defined as a parcel of contiguous ground that is under common management, with a common water source.

Applicati​on process

  • Complete and submit an application form for the required certification to gfsi@oda.state.or.us:
  • GlobalG.A.P. applicants who are considered Option 1 Multisite or Option 2 (as described above) must also submit an Appendix form for GlobalG.A.P.​ listing all sites to be considered in the scope of the inspection.
  • Once your application has been received, ODA will provide a contract, sublicense agreement (for first time applicants only), and quote. These items must be signed and returned prior to your audit date.
  • You will be contacted by an auditor to arrange an audit date that coincides with relevant production, handling, and processing activities.
  • Initiate this process at least four weeks prior to your expected audit date.

Become familiar with buyer certification requirements (if applicable), then determine the auditing standards and prepare your operation accordingly. ODA recommends that prospective applicants begin planning a year in advance of their anticipated certification date. 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.

In order to meet industry demand for food safety certifications, ODA has partnered with World Quality Services (WQS) to provide GFSI-benchmarked audits. ODA auditing and inspection services can be bundled as a cost-saving measure.

Fees

  • $395 certification fee, per certificate or as applicable by audit standard (contact ODA Certification Services for details)
  • $100 annual administrative fee, payable to WQS
  • Standard owner fees, which vary by standard, are payable to WQS
  • $92 per audit hour (4 hours minimum) includes administrative time, review time, inspection, and travel time.
  • Any travel costs required for your inspection, billed at rates established by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services. These include mileage, lodging, and per diem.​

​​Resources

Global Food Safety Initiative website

Global Food Safety Initiative website

GlobalG.A.P. Appendix Form

GlobalG.A.P. Appendix Form

GlobalG.A.P. Application Form

GlobalG.A.P. Application Form

GlobalG.A.P. website

GlobalG.A.P. website

PrimusGFS Application Form

PrimusGFS Application Form

PrimusGFS website

PrimusGFS website

WQS Website

WQS Website

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Contact

Certification Services (GFSI)
635 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4620
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