The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to promote improvement in food safety management systems. In order to offer GFSI certification services, ODA has partnered with an ANSI-accredited certification body, World Quality Services (WQS).
Retailers often require suppliers to maintain third-party certification to a GFSI-benchmarked standard such as GlobalG.A.P. or PrimusGFS. ODA recommends that prospective GFSI applicants become familiar with buyer certification requirements, then review the audit standards and prepare their operation accordingly. Planning and implementation of a GFSI-compliant food safety system may take up to a year, depending on the system already in place on the farm or in the facility.
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 – Multisite with QMS)
- Group of producers (Option 2)
Note: For GlobalG.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
- One audit can
encompass both farm and processing operations
- Criteria, checklists, and interpretation guidelines are available for all modules, including:
- Food Safety Management
- Good Agricultural
- Good Manufacturing
- Hazard Analysis and
Critical Control Point (HACCP)
- Growers will be
audited against the FSMS and GAP modules
- Packinghouses 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.
- Complete and submit an application form for the required certification to email@example.com:
- 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.
NOTE: Clients will receive two invoices at the end of each certification cycle, one from WQS and one from ODA.