Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS)

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.

The HARPS standards and resources can be found here.

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ACO have been approved to offer the Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS) for growers supplying to the following retailers:

  • Aldi
  • Coles
  • Woolworths

Important Notes

  • ACO offers highly competitive audit fees and discounts for new operators. You can request your customized audit quote here
  • ACO can conduct your Freshcare Food Safety & Quality, base scheme audit along with the HARPS audit in a single audit visit

If you are a new applicant to the HARPS standard, you must complete a recognised HACCP course and submit your training certificate with your application.