HARPS

Tier 1 (Direct) Suppliers

If you are a direct supplier to one of the 5 major retailers – Woolworths, Coles, Metcash, Aldo or COSTCO you need a HARPS audit combined with a HARPS Base Scheme audit (BRC, GLOBALG.A.P, Freshcare or SQF).

If you are supplying only ALDI, Sci Qual International can conduct your HARPS & Freshcare audit. Otherwise, you will need to refer to the HARPS Scheme Rules to identify an approved certification body.

To arrange an audit for an ALDI only supplier please contact Sci Qual International on 1800 998 999 or food@sciqual.com.au

Tier 2 (Indirect Suppliers)

If you are what the HARPS programme refers to as a “Tier 2” supplier which means you don’t have a direct contract with any of the retailers,  but your business packs or re-packs any of the following:

  • Loose product with PLU/DataBar stickers applied as specified by a HARPS Participating Retailer OR
  • Retail-branded pre-packs OR
  • Retail Returnable Plastic Crates (RCPs) OR
  • Proprietary- branded pre-packs  OR
  • Loose product in final retail packaging, packed to a retail specification destined for a HARPS Participating Retailer OR
  • Your business is part of an Approved Supplier Programme for your Tier 1 customer, who supplies to a HARPS Participating Retailer OR
  • Your business provides Ancillary Services

Your business may require HARPS approval (this includes certification to an Approved Base Scheme and the HARPS Requirements) by 1st January 2019

Sci Qual International can conduct your HARPS & Freshcare audit. 

To arrange an audit please contact Sci Qual International on 1800 998 999 or food@sciqual.com.au

Tier 3 (Indirect Suppliers)

If you are what the HARPS programme refers to as a “Tier 3” supplier which means you don’t have a direct contract with any of the retailers, but you meet the following criteria you may need a HARPS Base Scheme audit after 1st January 2019 see 

  • Your business supplies bulk produce (not in final retail packaging) for further packing to a Tier 1 or Tier 2 supplier.
  • You are a low volume producer supplying a total of 10 pallets or less per the calendar year, per site. This is a collective total across all HARPS Participating Retailers.
  • Note: Suppliers of retail-branded pre-packs are excluded from this rule as they qualify as a Tier 1 or Tier 2 supplier.

Sci Qual International can conduct your Freshcare audit. 

To arrange an audit please contact Sci Qual International on 1800 998 999 or food@sciqual.com.au

Out of HARPS Scope

  • If your business processes fresh produce (e.g. value-adding such as bagged salads, fresh cuts, sliced mushrooms/carrots, shelled nuts etc. 
  • If you are a virtual broker that does not qualify as a Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 supplier
  • You are not required to meet the HARPS requirements. Sci Qual International can conduct a Freshcare or SQI HACCP audit

To arrange an audit please contact Sci Qual International on 1800 998 999 or food@sciqual.com.au

Sci Qual International has been providing Food Safety certification services for over 25 years. We were the first certification body to attain JAS-ANZ accreditation for Freshcare and we pride ourselves in our friendly, flexible and customer focused service.

If you are in any doubt about your status contact the HARPS Team on 1300 852 219 or email on harps@harpsonline.com.au