Best Aquaculture Practices

What We Do

A Program with
Integrity

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.

Program Integrity Library

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).

Issue 2.2 - 16 Oct 2020

BAP Group Program

The GAA Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) policy for Farm and Hatchery Group Programs.

Issue 1.0 - 13 Dec 2018

BAP Cluster Program

The GAA Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) programs & requirements for Certification of CLUSTER Farms and Hatcheries.

Issue 1.2 - 29 March 2019

Policy on Supplementary Audits

The BAP Policy on Supplementary Audits.

Issue 5.0 - 12 August 2020

CB Requirements

Requirements for certification bodies offering certification against the BAP standards.

Issue 14.8 - 18 Sept 2020

Criteria for CB Applicants

Requirements for certification bodies offering certification against the BAP standards.

Issue 3.4 - 13 August 2019

New CB Registration Form

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

Dec 2012

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.

Issue 11.3 - 05 Jan 2021

BAP Logo Requirements

This version of the BAP Logo Use Guide includes the newly designed BAP logo and will be mandatory beginning January 1 2021.

Issue 2.3 - 10 Jan 2020

Guia para Uso del Logo BAP

This is a Spanish version of the BAP Logo Use Guide and will be mandatory beginning January 1 2021.

Issue 2.3 - 10 Jan 2020

BAM Logo Use Requirements

This document outlines BAP logo use and messaging requirements for companies certified to the Biosecurity Area Management Standard.

April 2020

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.

Issue 2.3 - 17 Sept 2018

GAA Bylaws

The GAA bylaws are available upon request by contacting programintegrity@bapcertification.org

Please add "GAA Bylaws Request" to the subject of your request email.

 

GAA-BAP Remote Audit Policy

 

Issue 1.4 - 03 March 2021

Addendum to GAA-BAP Remote Audit Policy

Enhanced Remote Audit Criteria

Issue 1.0 - 29 June 2020

GAA-BAP Remote Audit Facility Eligibility Requirements

 

Issue 1.5 - 8 Feb 2021

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).

Issue 2.2 - 16 Oct 2020

BAP Group Program

The GAA Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) policy for Farm and Hatchery Group Programs.

Issue 1.0 - 13 Dec 2018

BAP Cluster Program

The GAA Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) programs & requirements for Certification of CLUSTER Farms and Hatcheries.

Issue 1.2 - 29 March 2019

Policy on Supplementary Audits

The BAP Policy on Supplementary Audits.

Issue 5.0 - 12 August 2020

CB Requirements

Requirements for certification bodies offering certification against the BAP standards.

Issue 14.8 - 18 Sept 2020

Criteria for CB Applicants

Requirements for certification bodies offering certification against the BAP standards.

Issue3.2 - 19 April 2018

New CB Registration Form

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

Dec 2012

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.

Issue 11.3 - 05 Jan 2021

BAP Logo Requirements

This version of the BAP Logo Use Guide includes the newly designed BAP logo and will be mandatory beginning January 1 2021.

Issue 2.3 - 10 Jan 2020

Guia para Uso del Logo BAP

This is a Spanish version of the BAP Logo Use Guide and will be mandatory beginning January 1 2021.

Issue 2.3 - 10 Jan 2020

BAM Logo Use Requirements

This document outlines BAP logo use and messaging requirements for companies certified to the Biosecurity Area Management Standard.

April 2020

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.

Issue 2.3 - 17 Sept 2018

GAA Bylaws

The GAA bylaws are available upon request by contacting programintegrity@bapcertification.org

Please add "GAA Bylaws Request" to the subject of your request email.

 

GAA-BAP Remote Audit Policy

 

Issue 1.4 - 03 March 2021

Addendum to GAA-BAP Remote Audit Policy

Enhanced Remote Audit Criteria

Issue 1.0 - 29 June 2020

GAA-BAP Remote Audit Facility Eligibility Requirements

 

Issue 1.5 - 8 Feb 2021

Certification Bodies

To be recgonized 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.


Auditor Training

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.


Upcoming Training Courses
April 12th - 16th, 2021

Spring Auditor Course Announcement - Remote Classroom

Auditor & Industry Observer Training Course

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.

April 19th – 20th, 2021

Spring Group Course Announcement - Remote Classroom

BAP Group Program Training Course

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.

Upcoming Training Courses
May 4 – 8, 2020 Updated Dates: July 13 - 17, 2020

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Learn More - Portsmouth NH Official Annoucement PDF

Auditor Competency &
Course Approval Requirements

Interested in attending a course?

Logo Policing

The BAP logo employs a star system to signify the 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.

We maintain a logo-approval and logo-policing process to ensure that the BAP logo is being used appropriately with the help of Field Agent, a mobile market research and auditing firm.

Logo Policing

The BAP logo employs a star system to signify the 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.

We maintain a logo-approval and logo-policing process to ensure that the BAP logo is being used appropriately with the help of Field Agent, a mobile market research and auditing firm.

Questions about logo use?

Download the BAP Logo Requirements to ensure the you're using the BAP logo appropriately and that any claims associated with GAA or BAP are accurate.