Market Access Certification and Inspection

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.

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 – 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

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)
  • ​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.

Applicati​on process

  • Complete and submit an application form for the required certification to certification@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.

Fees

​​Please contact certification@oda.state.or.us​ for current fee information.

​NOTE: Clients will receive two invoices at the end of each certification cycle, one from WQS and one from ODA.​

​​Resources

GFSI Audit Flow Chart

GFSI Audit Flow Chart

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
635 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4620
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