On August 7, 2016, Allergen Control Group Inc. (ACG) and ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) issued a joint news release to announce that they had joined forces to separate ACG’s role as the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) standard owner from the accreditation process of Certification Bodies (CBs) auditing in the program; thus providing true impartiality, credibility, and value to existing and future recognized manufacturing facilities in the GFCP. This new chapter of the GFCP is intended to further distinguish ACG’s administration of the GFCP from other available gluten-free product certification programs, by delivering value-added scrutiny from external competent authorities. The intended outcome will ensure all CBs offering auditing services under the GFCP are uniformly accredited and accountable to the ISO/IEC 17021-1 management system operating standard.
ACG is allowing a two-year timeframe for all currently recognized CBs and certified facilities to complete the transition process to accredited certification under ANAB. CBs and certified facilities are required to transition over a reasonable timeline to meet the internal needs of their organizational operations, however, please note compliance deadlines in the following document.
Change in the prerequisite requirements for CB’s applying for ANAB accreditation.