About the Gluten-Free Certification Program
An increasing number of consumers suffer from celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. There is no cure for people suffering from these ailments and the only remedy is to adhere to a strict gluten-free diet for life. To learn more about celiac disease and gluten sensitivity please visit the Beyond Celiac (formerly the NFCA) or the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA).
Over 25 million North Americans looking for gluten-free products are confused and overwhelmed by the number of gluten-free label claims in the market. They are looking for a way to identify safe, reliable gluten-free products they can trust, hence the development of the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP).
In 2009 the CCA commissioned the development of a voluntary certification program based on a preventative, science-based approach for managing the safe production of gluten-free products – The Gluten-Free Certification Program. The GFCP was established with consensus from consumer and industry associations, retailers, manufacturers, and government agencies.
Key Program Objectives Include
- Helping consumers to make clear and informed safe, gluten-free product choices
- Increase ease of access to gluten-free products
- Broaden the scope of available gluten-free products
- Create awareness with medical doctors and other medical practitioners
- Be trusted by consumers seeking gluten-free products
The Program is endorsed by North America’s most trusted consumer celiac societies, Beyond Celiac (formerly the NFCA) and the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA). These endorsements are communicated to consumers through the Beyond Celiac and CCA GFCP certification trademarks on product packaging and marketing collaterals. Products displaying a GFCP trademark have been manufactured in a facility which successfully undergoes a robust, non-biased, annual third party audit. This audit verifies the facility’s ability to routinely meet the stringent GFCP standard requirements for managing the production of gluten-free products. Today the Gluten-Free Certification Program provides consumers the ability to shop with confidence by selecting those safe, reliable and gluten-free products displaying a GFCP trademark.