The road to GFCP 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.
- Facilities manufacturing their own brand of products
- Brand owners whose products are co-manufactured by contracted facilities
- Contracted facilities co-manufacturing private label products
Cost of the application is $499 per facility and/or brand owner
For more details on the application process or to complete your application click here.
In order to maintain an unbiased relationship, the Gluten-Free Certification Program is not directly involved in any part of the audit process.
In order to control costs and audit duration, the GFCP audit may be performed as a “stand alone” audit or combined with a recognized food safety audit, such as one of the GFSI audit standards.
Click here for a list of licensed auditing companies.
A Gap Assessment by a GFCP listed 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 here.
Design New Packaging/Labels
The use of the GFCP trademark on gluten-free products, listed on “Schedule A” of your Program License Agreement (PLA) is a mandatory requirement of the program. While it is understood that the transition to new packaging may occur over time due to current packaging inventory, the approval of the packaging design must be completed before your GFCP Certificate of Recognition (COR) will be issued and in conformance with the requirements specified within the GFCP Trademark Usage Guide (as part of the GFCP information package).
Annual license fees must be paid before your COR number or renewal will be released 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 contact so invoices can be issued, and the payment process does not hold up the issuing of your certificate.
In addition to the stock offerings, the GFCP offers a wide range of marketing services to help spread the word of your newly new gluten free products. For more information on these services please visit the marketing page.
To maintain an annual GFCP certification in good standing, a current Certificate of Recognition must be in place for each facility manufacturing gluten-free products which display the GFCP trademark.
Ongoing annual verification audits should be scheduled approximately 90 days prior to the expiry date of the current facility COR.