Harmonized GAP Standard Certification

Audit & Certification

In June 2009, the United Fresh Food Safety & Technology Council endorsed a plan to drive harmonization of GAP standards, to reduce audit fatigue and allow operations to focus their food safety resources on achieving food safety, rather than passing audits.

This plan evolved into the Produce GAPs Harmonization Initiative, an all-industry effort including growers, shippers, produce buyers, government agencies, audit organizations and other stakeholders. The goal of the Initiative is “one audit by any credible third party, acceptable to all buyers”. To achieve this goal, the Initiative has developed food safety Good Agricultural Practices standards and audit checklists for pre- and post-harvest operations, applicable to all fresh produce commodities, all sizes of on-farm operations and all regions in the U.S.

What is the certification process?


Prepare and

Make sure you have a food safety plan in place and perform a self-audit.


Submit application
and payment

Contact us to get started and receive information about how to submit an application. Click the green “Get Started” button below!


Initial review of application

Your assigned client rep will conduct the initial review of the application to ensure your operation is ready to be audited.


Auditor visits
the site

After the initial review is complete, the applicant is assigned to inspection. An FSC inspector will visit the site(s) to perform the audit.



The applicant will be allowed 28 days to correct any major or minor deficiencies required by the auditor.



Still not sure? Let us help

If you’re ready to schedule an audit, or you would like to schedule a consultation to learn more, click the “Get Started” button below and fill out the form. One of our team members will contact you.

Please note that Food Safety Certifiers will no longer be accepting applications for new clients effective immediately.