Americert International is approved by United Fresh Produce Association as a licensee to conduct audit and certification of farms and packing facilities which operate in compliance with the United Fresh Produce Association's Harmonized GAP standards. Our approval letter can be viewed here.
The goal of the Harmonized GAP standards 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-harvest and post-harvest operations, applicable to all fresh produce commodities, all sizes of on-farm operations and all regions in the U.S. A further goal is 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 GAP Harmonization Initiative, an all-industry effort including growers, shippers, produce buyers, government agencies, audit organizations and other stakeholders.
To prepare for a Harmonized GAP audit, please review the standards, prepare your GAP compliance plan and manual and associated documentation, and conduct a self audit to the standard.
Be sure to contact your buyer, marketer, or distributor to be sure HGAP meets their requirements.
When you are ready to apply for a Harmonized GAP audit, please complete this (GAP Cert Request ) form and submit to Americert International via email, fax, or postal mail. (Note: You will need to download the form and save it to your device, rather than just opening it in your browser. PDF handlers other than Adobe Reader may not be completely compatible.)
If you would like to view a list of operations currently certified as Harmonized GAP compliant by Americert, please download the list here: 052118_HGAP_Certified_Operations.pdf