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BAP Farm, Hatcheries and Feed Mills Certification Audits

Achieve Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification and demonstrate your commitment to safe and responsibly sourced seafood with SGS.

In an industry where environmental and social responsibility is paramount, Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification confirms your commitment to safe and responsibly sourced seafood. As an approved certification body for the Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) BAP standards, we provide thorough audits for aquaculture facilities and feed mills. Our services cover the full spectrum of industry concerns – from environmental impact to food safety – ensuring your aquaculture farms, hatcheries, processing plants, and feed mills meet industry best practices.

Why choose BAP certification audits from SGS?

As an approved BAP Certification Body (CB) we can validate your compliance to the BAP standards. 

We enable you to:

  • Gain a comprehensive evaluation of your practices against BAP standards
  • Showcase environmental stewardship through sediment and water quality management
  • Emphasize your commitment to conservation and GMO control
  • Enhance social accountability and community relations
  • Strengthen animal health and welfare protocols
  • Ensure rigorous food safety with HACCP alignment
  • Achieve the ‘Best Aquaculture Practices Certification’ mark, which can be used on your seafood product packaging and promotional materials through a licensing agreement with GSA
  • Demonstrate your commitment to providing safe and responsibly sourced seafood to customers

The GSA Seafood Processing Standard is also benchmarked against the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). This means on successful completion of the BAP program you can now receive both BAP certification and GFSI compliance through a single audit process. 

The four pillars of BAP certification

The four pillars of BAP certification audits include: 

  1. Environmental responsibility
    • Sediment and water quality 
    • Fishmeal and fish oil conservation 
    • Control of escapes and use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) 
    • Predator and wildlife interactions 
    • Storage and disposal of farm supplies 

  2. Social accountability
    • Property rights and regulatory compliance 
    • Community relations
    • Worker safety
    • Employee relations

  3. Animal health and welfare
    • Health and welfare
    • Biosecurity and disease management 

  4. Food safety
    • Control of residues and contaminants
    • Harvest and transport 
    • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)

The foundation of these pillars is based on a robust traceability system incorporating product identity preservation, mass balance and labeling controls. 

Why SGS?

As the world’s leading, testing, inspection and certification company, we bring unparalleled expertise to BAP certification audits. Our approval as a BAP Certification Body (CB) means we not only validate your practices but also offer efficient pathways to dual BAP and GFSI compliance through a single audit process. We also offer fast, efficient examination and testing for all the effluent and seafood samples to BAP criteria through our global network of laboratories.

Discover the pathway to responsible seafood certification with BAP standards. Contact us today for a tailored solution for your operations.

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