Food Safety and Quality Assurance Programs


BRC Global Standard for Food Safety are a leading global safety and quality certification program, used throughout the world by over 17,000 certificated suppliers in 90 countries through a network of over 80 accredited and BRC recognised Certification Bodies.

Coles Supplier Requirements – Food

Suppliers of Coles Brands are required to undergo third-party auditing. In addition to the audit against the external standard, Coles Brands suppliers must ensure that they are compliant to the additional elements as outlined in the Coles Supplier Requirements.


Freshcare is the largest Australian assurance program for fresh produce and wine grape producers, delivering food safety, quality, environmental and sustainability certification services to over 5000 businesses nationally.
Freshcare’s purpose is to ensure its best-practice standards and services meet the industries’ needs now, and for the future, to safeguard Australian producers and consumers.

Supported by user-friendly resources and training, Freshcare’s food safety standards are benchmarked to GFSI, a globally recognised food safety model that allows Australian producers to demonstrate international compliance.


GlobalG.A.P is a not-for-profit organisation with a crucial objective: safe, sustainable agricultural production worldwide. We set voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe — and more and more producers, suppliers and buyers are harmonising their certification standards to match.


The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a business-driven initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide. GFSI provides a platform for collaboration between some of the world’s leading food safety experts from retailer, manufacturer and food service companies, service providers associated with the food supply chain, international organisations, academia and government.


The Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS) is a retailer-led scheme designed to assist with compliance to food safety, legal and trade legislation for suppliers to the major grocery retailers in Australia, by harmonising certification requirements for the major retailers in Australia.


New Zealand Good Agricultural Practice (NZGAP) provides simplified, cost-effective, and integrated assurance in New Zealand horticulture that is trusted and valued. NZGAP is an independently operated, not-for-profit, business unit within Horticulture New Zealand. The scope of NZGAP standards is Food Safety, Social Practice and Environment. NZGAP provides a pathway for growers to meet a range of regulatory and market requirements via one integrated system. NZGAP is formally recognised New Zealand Food Act 2014, and has a fully benchmarked GLOBALG.A.P. programme known as NZGAP GLOBALG.A.P. Equivalent.


SGS has a global network of food experts which carry out HACCP audits and focusing on the hazards that affect food safety and hygiene. It is then possible to systematically identify where the hazards are by setting up control limits at critical points during the food production process.


SQF is recognised by retailers and food-service providers around the world who require a rigorous, credible food safety management system. The SQF Program is recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification.

Woolworths Supplier Excellence Program – Food

Woolworths’ Supplier Excellence Program is aimed at reducing auditing complexity associated with supplying Fresh Food products to Woolworths. The Supplier Excellence Program replaces the WQA program. The Supplier Excellence Program defines all the safety and quality requirements for supply of Woolworths Fresh Food products.