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Harmonized GAP Resources, Workshops & Webinars

Members of the Calibration Committee for the Harmonized are authorized to provide training for the Harmonized Standard. The trainings listed below cover the Harmonized Standard, at a minimum, but may also include additional elements (e.g., related to the specific audit process, GFSI requirements, etc.). Please see further information below on available Harmonized resources, workshops and webinars. Related United Fresh resources can be found on our Harmonized Standard webpage.


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Members of the Calibration Committee for the Harmonized are authorized to provide training for the Harmonized Standard. The trainings listed below cover the Harmonized Standard, at a minimum, but may also include additional elements (e.g., related to the specific audit process, GFSI requirements, etc.). Please see further information below on available Harmonized Training.

Virtual Produce GAPs Harmonized Standard Auditor Training
Monday, October 19 – Thursday, October 22, 2020 (Noon-4:00 pm ET/9:00 am – 1:00 pm PT) 

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To be notified when the future Harmonized Standard training courses are available, please contact Dr. Emily Griep, Manager of Food Safety at 202.303.3401. 


RESOURCES 

These resources, including farm food safety plan templates and recordkeeping logs, were developed for general use by growers and are not necessarily tied to the requirements in the Harmonized Standard. However, they may be a useful resource for growers seeking to document their food safety programs and procedures. 

What is the Harmonized Standard? 
What kind of Harmonized Standard certificates are available? What are the differences?
How Can I Get Involved in the Harmonized? 
Harmonized By the Numbers 

Produce Safety Alliance Farm Food Safety Plan Writing Resources
University of Minnesota Food Safety Plan Template 
Kansas State Food Safety Plan Template


HARMONIZED STANDARD WEBINARS

Webinar – GAPs Harmonized Standard: Where are we now? 
November 14, 2019
Webinar Recording Playback on United Fresh YouTube Page

Webinar Description: This 1-hr webinar is targeted toward any industry stakeholders, particularly producers and auditors who currently work with the Harmonized, buyers who currently accept Harmonized Certificates, and any other stakeholders who are evaluating their potential use or acceptance of the Harmonized in the future. 

After a brief review of how the Harmonized is structured, the relationship with GFSI, and the FDA acknowledgement of the standard’s alignment with the Produce Safety Rule, attendees will see the revisions that have been proposed for the Harmonized, currently available for comment on the United Fresh website.

Webinar – The Harmonized Standard: Myths, Legends and it’s Growing Role in the Marketplace
August 9, 2018
Webinar Recording Playback on United Fresh YouTube page 
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Webinar Description: Nearly a decade ago, the entire produce supply chain convened with a common vision: identify the core elements required to grow and pack fresh produce and develop a standard that harmonizes existing audit requirements. Over the years buyer acceptance varied, often due to myths and legends around the standard and the process. This webinar will clarify how the Harmonized is structured, including the role of United Fresh and audit organizations, the relationship with GFSI, and the recent FDA acknowledgement of alignment with the Produce Safety Rule. Learn about the updated version of the standard, current training initiatives, United’s renewed commitment to the initiative, and how you can be involved in shaping the future of the Harmonized. This 1-hr webinar is targeted toward producers looking to evaluate if the Harmonized is a good fit for their operation, and buyers trying to ascertain if they should accept Harmonized Certificates.

Webinar – Harmonized Standard Refresher Training
August 10, 2018
Webinar Recording Playback on United Fresh YouTube page

Webinar Description: As part of the licensing agreement that United Fresh, as Secretariat for the Harmonized, issues to audit organizations, auditors must be trained on the Harmonized using materials developed by the Calibration Committee. In late 2016, the standard was updated, in part to align with new FDA regulations. This webinar will review the key changes and bring existing auditors up to speed on how to evaluate the new components of the audit. This 1-hr webinar is targeted primarily to auditors who have already been trained to the Harmonized Standard. This webinar will NOT review all requirements and is not a substitution for auditor training, but is intended to supplement trainings conducted more than 1 year ago (prior to the updates). This webinar will also be beneficial for producers seeking to understand what has changed and how they can maintain compliance with the Harmonized.

If you have any questions about this or any other United Fresh food safety resources, contact Katie McGowan at 202.303.3402.