Good Agricultural Practices The Path to GroupGAP Certification

The USDA GroupGAP Program is a farm food safety certification method developed by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Specialty Crops Inspection (SCI) Division. GroupGAP provides specialty crops producers new local and national market access by meeting buyers’ Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification requirements, verifies food safety compliance by all members of participating groups, and strengthens rural economies.

Harmonized Auditor Manual

The USDA Auditor Manual: Produce GAPs Harmonized Food Safety Audit Program- Policies and Procedures (Harmonized Auditor Manual) is now available. This manual is designed to help auditors interpret and apply the Produce Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Harmonized Food Safety Standards and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Produce GAPs Harmonized Food Safety Checklists.  -  This text is specifically requested by the Auditing Branch to be provided on the document landing page.