It is for organizations that wish to verify their preventative systems work and whose customers require an independent assessment of practices related to managing gluten for people with gluten-related disorders.
ANAB accreditation for the GFCP is based on ISO/IEC 17021-1 the international standard with which management systems certification bodies must conform.
“By offering accreditation for the Gluten-Free Certification Program, ANAB provides oversight of certification bodies independent from the owner of the program requirements, in this case the Allergen Control Group,” Lori Gillespie, ANAB’s VP of management systems.
Certified manufacturers can display the GFCP trademark on products. This indicates that a product was manufactured in a facility that has undergone an annual independent third-party audit to verify ability to meet GFCP requirements for managing production of gluten-free products.
The GFCP is owned by the Allergen Control Group (ACG) and endorsed by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (Beyond Celiac) in the US and the Canadian Celiac Association.
Certification bodies can apply for ANAB accreditation but must continue to have food auditors trained, screened and approved by ACG.
Launched in Canada five year ago, the GFCP reaches 25 countries, more than 200 certified facilities, and 5,000 products displaying the GFCP trademark.