Understanding HARPS

Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS) Awareness Sessions

Growers and packers who need to know more about retailer food safety requirements are encouraged to attend a HARPS Awareness Session. The Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme, or HARPS, harmonises the additional food safety, legal and trade requirements developed by the major Australian chain retailers into a single scheme. Certification to a recognised base scheme such as Freshcare, GLOBALG.A.P. or SQF, plus HARPS, is now accepted by the five chain retailers, eliminating the need for duplication and unnecessary costs.

There have been a number of changes in the roll-out of HARPS including clearer definitions of suppliers, a delay to compliance date for some businesses and a minimum packed volume for HARPS approval. The HARPS Project Team will be explaining HARPS and these changes at Central Markets and growing regions around Australia over the next few months. More information about HARPS can be found at www.harpsonline.com.au, including a schedule of event dates and locations.

Information on the locations can be found at the links below and the sessions will cover the following:

  • What is HARPS?
  • If your business requires HARPS approval?
  • How to implement HARPS?
  • How to register your interest in HARPS and the timelines?
  • Where you can get additional support and guidance?

Workshops are being held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Bowen, Bundaberg, Bunbury, Mareeba, Gatton and South Johnstone. For the full locations and details of the HARPS Awareness Sessions, and to register go to www.harpsonline.com.au

Got questions?

Call HARPS on 1300 852 219 or email on [email protected]