The Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP)
The Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) is the only voluntary certification program designed for manufacturers of gluten-free food, drug and pharmaceutical products. The Program is intended to differentiate products from the increasing clutter of gluten-free claims in today’s marketplace by using the Trusted Mark of the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA).
The GFCP differentiates itself from other certification programs with the use of a management systems approach to systematically prevent failures, rather than to rely solely on end-product testing. This approach is preventative in nature and addresses all potential hazards, including gluten, as part of a manufacturers overall food safety and quality management system. Combined with analytical testing procedures for incoming ingredients, as well as in-process and finished products, the GFCP provides added assurance that the products carrying the mark are both safe and gluten-free.
Another key differentiation of the GFCP is that it requires the use of qualified, trained and approved independent third party auditors (not inspectors) to verify that manufacturers meet the Program’s requirements on an annual basis. This third party relationship is essential to on any potential conflict of interest in the certification process.
A manufacturing facility which undergoes a successful third party audit process will be eligible to use the Canadian Celiac Association’s trademark on product packaging and on marketing/advertising materials. To learn more about the Program, or to Register Your Interest, please visit the BRCGS website.