Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme
In 2012 Horticulture Australia (now Hort Innovation) Ltd initiated a project to harmonise food safety certification requirements for the major retailers in Australia. The result of this project is the Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS).
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.
HARPS was established with the goal of providing a more practical and efficient approach for growers and suppliers, through streamlining the amount of work undertaken during the audit process. Whilst the magnitude of change will differ between businesses, businesses that were previously audited to multiple schemes for multiple customers will now only require one GFSI approved scheme plus HARPS. This means the audit duration may reduce, and hence overall audit costs should also reduce. HARPS has also required an increased level of awareness and understanding beyond only the Retailers contracted suppliers, with requirements extending to downstream suppliers (depending upon their activities and relationship with their customers).
The HARPS Standard Version 1.0 was released in October 2016. To date over 3,000 audits have taken place across the growers and suppliers to the HARPS participating retailers.
Do you have a query?
Call the HARPS Helpline:
1300 852 219
Are you looking for the HARPS Extension & Exemption Request Form?
This can be found, along with other useful material, on our Tools & Templates page.
We’ve been running a series of HARPS Training Sessions across the country!
If you would like to attend one of the HARPS Training Sessions please click here.