The harps online FAQ page has been updated with answers to some of the frequent questions received raised during the Version 2 Public Consultation period.
We will continue to develop this FAQ as we work through the submissions with the HARPS Technical Advisory Group and Retailer Committees.
Please be reminded that the March 2021 release for Version 2 has been delayed.
Click here for the updated FAQ. You will find all Version 2 related Q&A in green.

We will be circulating an email to all HARPS Newsletter Subscribers about the Version Standard Development, therefore if you would like to be kept up to date by email please click here to subscribe HARPS Mailing List

[NEW] The Winter Edition of the HARPS Letter is out now!

Find out about the audit process and what goes on behind the scenes from the perspective of the HARPS auditor and the Certification Body. Gain insight into the steps involved prior to the audit taking place, right through to receiving your HARPS certificate, and what happens after the auditor has left your premises.

There’s also an update about the ongoing development of HARPS Version 2, as well as an opportunity to meet two of the H-TAG Members. To access the HARPS Newsletter please click here.

Want to subscribe and receive the HARPS Newsletter in your inbox? If so, please click here.

[NEW] HARPS Logo available to Horticultural Industry Members

We’re excited to announce the availability of the new HARPS Logo to Horticultural industry members. 

The Logo, designed with harmonisation as the central idea, displays two circular-shaped leaves symbolising HARPS as a platform with common values and shared ideas for HARPS participating retailers, working collaboratively and efficiently to enhance food safety. The green leaves and colour scheme have been selected to depict the fresh produce industry.  

The logo will not be a certification mark, but rather the HARPS symbol alongside the words Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme as displayed here

The logo is available to businesses that are audited to HARPS along with industry organisations interested in using the logo for marketing purposes.

Please click here to review the HARPS Logos Style Guide Rules and Specifications

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 6,000 audits have taken place across the growers and suppliers to the HARPS participating retailers.

Scan certificates to verify the information

HARPS has partnered with Australian technology company Laava to protect the integrity of their certificates, via the deployment of scannable and secure Smart Fingerprints.

Certificate holders and reviewers can scan the unique Smart Fingerprint on the certificate to verify that the information presented is true and accurate and matches the information within HAPRS digital records. The inclusion of the secure and scannable Smart Fingerprint means that stakeholders can trust the authenticity of the certificate and its content, which is not possible to achieve with insecure technology. Go to Tools-and-Templates to learn more about scanning certificates.

HACCP Refresher for HARPS

HARPS, in collaboration with Quality Associates, is pleased to offer a HACCP Refresher course for HARPS (meeting the requirements of Element 5.2).

Use the code HARPS15 when you check out for a $15 discount on the course.

Do you have a query?

Call the HARPS Helpline:

1300 852 219

or, click here to send us your enquiry via email

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.