In GroupGAP, a collection of independent farms organize to create a food safety system. Members identify the food safety audit standard (either GAP, HGAP, HGAP Plus+) best suited to the requirements of their buyers. The group then works to develop and implement a shared Quality Management System (QMS) and food safety practices, collecting required documentation.
USDA will perform an annual system audit of the group’s QMS, and annual GAP audits on a representative sample of farms. If the group demonstrates compliance with its QMS and food safety audit standards, the group will be issued a GroupGAP Certification. Group members can share the certification with buyers to gain more profitable market access.
A group consists of producers and/or supply chain partners, that may include food hubs or cooperatives.
GroupGAP Role Requirements
A GroupGAP group must have a Group Manager who takes responsibility for implementation of the group’s QMS. This manager could be a member of the group, an employee of the central entity (if one exists), a facilitator, or an external contractor.
The group is required to have an internal auditor(s) who perform audits of all the group members’ farms to ensure compliance with the chosen GAP program standard. This auditor can be the group manager, group member(s), a group employee, or an external contractor.
How GroupGAP Works
See the process from start to finish.
The USDA GAP Program offers two types of audit services – a process audit and a system audit.
Find the resources and training to help prepare for your GAP or GroupGAP audit.