STEPS TO CERTIFICATION

The road to Gluten-Free Certification Program certification involves several steps, all of which must be taken prior to gaining certification. Read the steps outlined below carefully to ensure you understand the process from start to finish. If you have any questions, please contact us for further information.

It is very important to understand all aspects of the Gluten-Free Certification Program before applying to the program. This includes the Program Benefits, Program Requirements and the Application Process and Fees.

An application to the Gluten-Free Certification Program is required for

  • All facilities/sites manufacturing their products currently making or wishing to provide gluten-free product assurances and claims.

For more details on the application process or to complete your application click here.

A signed Facility/Site Program License Agreement (PLA) is required for each facility/site producing gluten-free products and providing gluten-free assurance and claims.

A signed Brand “Use of Trademark” Program License Agreement (PLA) is required for each brand owner producing gluten-free products and wishing to use the GFCP owned or managed trademark (s).

Agreements outline the terms, fees and conditions regarding each party’s roles and responsibilities when engaging with the Gluten-Free Certification Program and lists the products that will be eligible to carry the Gluten-Free Certification Program trademark (s).

A signed Facility/Site Program License Agreement (PLA) is required for each facility/site producing gluten-free products and providing gluten-free assurance and claims.

A signed Brand “Use of Trademark” Program License Agreement (PLA) is required for each brand owner producing gluten-free products and wishing to use the GFCP owned or managed trademark (s).

Agreements outline the terms, fees and conditions regarding each party’s roles and responsibilities when engaging with the Gluten-Free Certification Program and lists the products that will be eligible to carry the Gluten-Free Certification Program trademark (s).

Click here for a list of licensed auditing companies.

Ensure you are prepared for your audit by having all required documentation or signed agreements and a clear understanding of the requirements for the audit. As part of the GFCP Application process and to aid in starting the certification process, a “Self-evaluation Checklist” is available for your reference.

A Gap Assessment by a Gluten-Free Certification Program consultant is recommended if this is the first third-party audit you are preparing for. A list of trained and experienced consultants can be found by clicking here.

After completing a successful GFCP audit process the auditing company will be issue the facility/site a GFCP Certificate of Recognition (COR), valid for 12-months.  This process may take up to six (6) weeks from your audit date, which includes time to close out non-conformances, from the audit and reporting/review.

Annual license fees must be paid before your COR number or renewal will be released by BRCGS to your auditing company. Your first invoice will be issued based on your GFCP audit date. It is important to communicate this date to your GFCP representative, so the payment process does not hold up the issuing of the certificate.

The GFCP is endorsed by leading celiac/coeliac consumer organizations. With an option to use their recognized certification trademarks on retail products packaging, brand owners have the option to also leverage certification with targeted marketing and communication, to reach this important segment of the global market. Coordinating communication efforts and initiatives is important and an added value, which the GFCP supports with its brand customers.

Each manufacturing facility/site certified in the GFCP also benefits from a listing on the BRCGS Directory, where retailers, brand owners and manufacturers can search for sourcing ingredients and or, contract manufacturers.

Annual audits conducted by a GFCP licensed certification body must be performed to verify that all requirements of the GFCP are being met by each facility/site, in the program. In addition, a complete listing of gluten-free products using the GFCP owned or managed trademarks must appear on a Schedule A (which also forms part of the Brand “Use of Trademark” Program License Agreement (PLA)).

To maintain an annual GFCP certification in good standing, a current Certificate of Recognition (COR) must be in place for each facility manufacturing gluten-free products which display the GFCP owned or managed trademarks. Ongoing annual verification audits should be scheduled approximately 90 days prior to the expiry date of the current facility COR.