The credibility of a Gluten-Free Certification Program depends on several factors, but cost is not one of them. What matters is the organization behind the certification, the standards and requirements set by the program, and the level of oversight and enforcement in place. Cost does not factor in when it comes to the definition of credibility, yet, it may be an underlying reason why some companies choose other agencies over ours. Not because we are too expensive, but because we offer more for less. There are those who have the mindset that you get what you pay for, therefore, if a program is more cost effective, it must not be as good, right?
Setting the Record Straight
We are setting the record straight when it comes to cost and Gluten-Free Certification! The Gluten-Free Food Program began in 2004 and is the first program of it’s kind. The GFFP is endorsed by the National Celiac Association, giving us the credible advantage with consumers over other certification programs. The NCA is the National Celiac Organization in the United States that provides insight, support and resources to those who have celiac disease and who require safe gluten-free food. We also believe in giving value for money and offering more than our competitors do for that money is just one of the ways that we do that. We are the only gluten-free certification program that provides after market promotion of our certified brands with our unique gf-finder website, social media mentions and more.
In addition, GFFP’s Standards have been developed by industry specialists in conjunction with the National Celiac Association with gluten-free manufacturers and brands owners in mind. We insist on only the highest standards and best practices to help protect gluten-free consumers, and meet gluten-free labeling regulations in the United States, Canada and globally. Other certification programs certify at 10ppm and 20ppm, the industry standard. The GFFP standard is 5ppm or less, making ours the highest standards on the market.
What to Expect from your Gluten-Free Certification Progam:
Accreditation and Recognition
Credible certification programs have accreditation from recognized bodies or regulatory authorities. These accreditations demonstrate that the program meets certain standards and has undergone rigorous evaluation. Only engage certifications that are recognized by reputable organizations in the food industry or are endorsed by governmental agencies.
Clear Standards and Guidelines
A credible gluten-free certification program has clear and well-defined standards for what constitutes a gluten-free product. This involves setting maximum thresholds for gluten content in food products, which is below 20 parts per million (ppm) in many countries. The program should also provide guidelines on testing methods and procedures to ensure consistent and accurate results.
Independent Verification and Testing
A reliable certification program involves independent verification and testing of products to ensure compliance with the established standards. This consists of periodic audits of manufacturers’ facilities, product testing through accredited laboratories, or both. Independent verification maintains the integrity of the certification process and ensures that products labeled as gluten-free are indeed free from gluten.
Ongoing Monitoring and Enforcement
A credible program has a system in place to monitor and enforce compliance with the gluten-free standards. This includes regular inspections, random product sampling, and investigations of consumer complaints. Strong enforcement mechanisms help maintain the integrity of the program and ensure that certified products consistently meet the defined requirements.
Transparency and Consumer Education
A reputable certification program has transparent communication about its standards, processes, and the meaning of its certification mark. It should also provide educational resources to consumers about the importance of gluten-free diets, how to identify certified products, and how to report any concerns or issues. Transparency and consumer education foster trust in the program.
Industry Reputation and Support
The credibility of a certification program is influenced by its reputation within the industry and its level of support from relevant stakeholders. These programs will be widely recognized and supported by food manufacturers, retailers, and consumer advocacy groups. Positive feedback and testimonials from trusted sources provides additional assurance.
It’s essential to research the specific gluten-free certification program that you are considering and to assess its credibility. Look for information about the program’s history, recognition, testimonials, and any regulatory oversight it may have.
Checking all the Boxes
The GFFP checks all of these boxes and more. Food safety is our mission. Offering more for less is what we do. We enourage gluten-free manufacturers to do more by certifying their products at 5ppm or less, making us the provider with the highest standards in the industry. That alone is more credible than cost.