The Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS) is a new food safety standard managed and operationalized by GLOBALG.A.P.  As opposed to GLOBALG.A.P.'s Integrated Farm Assurance Standard (IFA), the HPSS - like the current Produce Safety Standard (PSS) - covers only food safety and traceability. All of the IFA's sustainability and worker health and safety control points are omitted.

The core of the standard is the combination of the United Fresh Produce GAPs Harmonization Initiative’s “Field Operations and Harvesting” and “Post-Harvest Operations” standards. These standards were before approved as the Integrated Farm Assurance standard’s Interpretation Guideline for the USA, but is now auditable as an accredited standard. The HPSS will be submitted for GFSI benchmarking.

The HPSS is to be audited according to the GLOBALG.A.P. General Regulations and the HPSS addendum. Once it has successfully achieved GFSI benchmarking, HPSS will replace the PSS. The HPSS will be useable domestically in North America (US, Canada, Mexico) and by those producers around the world, selling to North American buyers. Note: Buyers outside of North America will continue to only accept the IFA Standard.