In 2012 Horticulture Australia Ltd initiated a project to harmonise food safety certification requirements for the major retailers in Australia. The result of this project is HARPS.
HARPS will reduce the costs (and stress!) associated with the adoption, maintenance and auditing of multiple food safety systems by individual suppliers to multiple retail customers in Australia.
HARPS is officially live! Direct suppliers will now begin transitioning from their current multi audits to their chosen base scheme plus HARPS.
All participating Certification Bodies have now been advised to commence scheduling in line with HARPS + Base scheme audit time frames. For those who have upcoming audits, through to December 2016, the transition to HARPS at this next audit is not mandatory. We are conscious of businesses needing time to prepare and implement the requirements of HARPS, hence they will be permitted to transition at their next audit during 2017, in line with the current transition timeline for Direct suppliers.
See below timeline for high level implementation detail.