Gluten-Free Certification Program
The Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) is the only Canadian voluntary certification program designed for manufacturers of gluten-free food, drug and pharmaceutical products. It is intended to differentiated them 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 has been designed to differentiate itself from other certification programs with a foundation based on proven Canadian regulatory and private sector adopted Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems. This approach is preventative in nature and addresses all potential hazards, including gluten, as part of a manufacturers overall safety and quality management systems. When combining this approach 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 differentiator 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 eliminate any potential conflict of interest in the certification process.
A manufacturing facility which undergoes a successful third party audit process will be recommended to the Canadian Celiac Association for certification to be eligible to use the GFCP mark on product packaging and in marketing/advertising materials.
What does the GFCP mark mean?
As the most trusted Canadian resource for consumers seeking gluten-free information, the Canadian Celiac Association’s vision for the GFCP mark is that it will provide consumers with safe, trusted and easily identifiable gluten-free products at point of purchase. The GFCP mark on product packaging provides consumers with an added level of assurance that those products are manufactured in a facility which consistently meets the requirements of the Gluten-Free Certification Program.
All But Gluten™ products have been certified with the Canadian Celiac Association’s Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) and have the mark on the front of the product package.
Is analytical product testing required as part of the GFCP?
Yes, however the GFCP does not prescribe analytical testing policies and procedures. Routine testing protocols are developed and conducted by the facility based on the risk of gluten contamination, and integrated from the receiving of raw materials to end product.
What testing processes are used for All But Gluten™ products?
As part of our gluten-free certification, our gluten-free products must test below 10 ppm of gluten. In addition, all incoming ingredients are tested and certified to be gluten-free. We also send our products to an outside lab to validate our own internal test results and ensure they are less than 10 ppm of gluten.
What is a recognized facility under GFCP?
A “recognized facility” is a manufacturing facility producing gluten-free products that has been audited by an approved third-party auditor and has met all of the requirements of the Gluten-Free Certification Program.
Does the facility need to be a dedicated gluten-free to be recognized under the GFCP?
No. However, in non-dedicated facilities, gluten contamination must be controlled or eliminated by standard operating procedures detailing cleaning and testing protocols to verify that the facility can be safely used to produce gluten-free products.
Are All But Gluten™ products made in a dedicated gluten-free facility?
Yes, All But Gluten™ products are manufactured in a dedicated gluten-free facility.
For more information about the Gluten-Free Certification Program see www.glutenfreecertification.ca