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BAP Program Integrity

Aquaculture Quality Assurance

We’ve structured our program to ensure the highest level of integrity, with a team of staff members dedicated to ensuring that independent, third-party certification bodies (CBs) and auditors as well as BAP-certified aquaculture facilities are in compliance with program requirements.

To be recognized by BAP, CBs must be accredited under ISO/IEC Guide 17065 by an International Accreditation Forum-member accreditation body and a Multilateral Recognition Arrangements signatory to another internationally recognized scheme.

Auditors must be trained and accredited by the BAP program integrity team in order to audit a facility against the BAP standards. CBs, auditors and facilities are subject to announced and unannounced onsite audits as well as desktop audits, and all are subject to suspension for non-compliance.

We maintain a logo-approval and logo-policing process, to ensure that the BAP logo is being used appropriately. Complaints, appeals and disputes regarding certification brought to the attention of BAP are handled by BAP or referred to the CB involved, depending on the nature of the complaint. If you require a facility’s summary audit report, please contact the certification body directly or program integrity for referral.

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BAP logo on packaging

Multi-Star Integrity

The BAP program employs a star system to signify the integration levels of BAP certification along the aquaculture production chain. These stars are displayed on the BAP logo and appear on packaging for a variety of farmed seafood products worldwide.

Download the BAP Logo Use Guide to ensure that you’re using the BAP logo appropriately and that any claims associated with GAA or BAP are portrayed in an accurate manner.

Read about the BAP Logo Policing Program to learn how BAP polices logo use at the retail level, with the help of Field Agent, a mobile market research and auditing firm.

4 stars
Product produced by a BAP-certified processing plant, BAP-certified farm(s) only, BAP-certified hatchery only and BAP-certified feed mill only.

Three Stars
Product produced by a BAP-certified processing plant, BAP-certified farm(s) only and BAP-certified hatchery and/or feed mill only.

Two stars
Product produced by a BAP-certified processing plant and BAP-certified farm(s) only.

One Star
Product produced by a BAP-certified processing plant.

Auditor Training

New auditor course:
Lima - February 4-10, 2018Official Announcement

New auditor candidates, existing auditors requiring refresher training, and observers — including government officials, producers and other industry stakeholders — are encouraged to attend our regularly held BAP auditor training courses.

Certification Bodies

BAP partners with third-party certification bodies (CBs) around the world to provide the easiest and timeliest audit of your operations.

To be recognized by BAP, CBs must be accredited under ISO/IEC Guide 17065 by an International Accreditation Forum-member accreditation body and a Multilateral Recognition Arrangements signatory to another internationally recognized scheme.

If you are a prospective CB interested in applying for accreditation, please review our criteria, requirements, and application form.

 

BAP Program Integrity Team

Greg Brown

Greg Brown

Program Integrity & Training Manager
1-603-317-5000 x137
Jeff Peterson

Jeff Peterson

Program Integrity Advisor
Ken Corpron

Ken Corpron

Program Integrity Analyst
1-603-317-5000 x155
David Yunker

David Yunker

BAP Program Integrity Specialist & Training Coordinator
1-603-317-5000 x161
Avery Siciliano

Avery Siciliano

BAP Program Integrity Specialist
1-603-317-5000 x138

Program Integrity Resources

The following resources are available for certification bodies (CBs), auditors, BAP-certified facilities and BAP market endorsers interested in learning more about program integrity:

BAP Logo Use Guide

The BAP Logo Use Guide is designed to ensure that the BAP logo is being used appropriately and that any claims associated with GAA or BAP are portrayed accurately.

 

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Multi-Star Integrity

The BAP program recognizes product from associated or integrated facilities along the aquaculture production chain with a star-based ranking system.

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Criteria for CB Applicants

Initial criteria for certification body applicants seeking to apply for recognition to audit against the BAP standards.

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CB Requirements

Requirements for certification bodies offering certification against the BAP standards.

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New CB Registration Form

Certification bodies interested in seeking approval as a CB under the BAP standards must be able to demonstrate experience and competency of CB personnel and auditors in seafood and aquaculture in addition to overall auditing and certification management.

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Auditor Competency & Course Approval Requirements

The BAP conducts several Auditor Training Courses each year, in different regions around the world, teaching seven possible auditor competencies. Participants include New Auditor Candidates, Returning Auditors, and Observers. Qualifications for auditor training must be met and maintained according to the requirements of the standard.

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Complaints, Appeals & Disputes

Complaints, appeals and disputes regarding certification brought to the attention of BAP are handled by BAP or referred to the CB involved, depending on the nature of the complaint.

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BAP Standards Development Structure & Process

To promote broad stakeholder involvement, consensus and transparency in the standards development process, GAA delegates the primary guidance and oversight for the process to a Standards Oversight Committee (SOC).

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GAA Bylaws

The GAA Bylaws are available upon request by contacting programintegrity@bapcertification.org. Please add “GAA Bylaws Request” to the subject line of your request.