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.

Freshcare 4.1 and HARPS Application/Renewal Form

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

Next Steps

The other critical factor in getting a good outcome from your certification is the certification body you choose to conduct your audit.

Sci Qual International was the first certification body to be accredited by JAS-ANZ in 1993 and the first certification body to be accredited by JAS-ANZ for Freshcare in 2016. Since that time we have certified thousands of organisations and many of those clients have been with us for 20 years or more.

So what is our value proposition versus other certification bodies?

"A simplified certification process......Guaranteed"

Having a simplified process doesn’t mean the audit won’t be robust - it will be. Our reputation and the integrity of the JAS-ANZ accreditation system depends on it.

However dealing with many certification bodies is more complex than it should be and we guarantee that you will find us easy to work with.

  • You will find us responsive from your first contact.
  • You will find us flexible in meeting your needs.
  • You will find our auditors are pragmatic and will add value to your business.
  • You will have one point of contact through a dedicated client manager who will work with you to achieve positive outcomes. Your client manager will handle quotes, audit scheduling, liaising with your auditor and will answer any questions you have. They will take full responsibility for getting you the answers you need.

We know from our own experience and from that of our auditors, (who in many cases are contracted to other certification bodies) that our single point of contact offers a significant benefit to clients and eases the stress of the certification process.

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

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

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