Primary Farm Assurance (PFA)
Our entry-level standard for fruit and vegetables producers that assesses fundamental food safety for local and domestic markets:
Accepted by select national retailers

  • Two-tiered stepping stone towards our IFA standard
  • Designed for produce farmers new to the food safety process
  • Non-accredited assessment, not a certification 
  • New: Aligned with the Harmonized Standards


  PFA Assessment: Your First Step Towards Certification  


Getting Started - The PFA Assessment Process  |  Testimonials  |  FAQ

Standard Documents  |  Product List  |  Producer Fee Table


Key Features and Benefits: 

  1. Foundation Level - For producers with few food safety risks who sell primarily on a local level
  2.  Intermediate Level - Incorporates stronger food safety criteria, accepted by select national retailers


  • North American implementation of our localg.a.p. Standard 
  • Retailers and producers can also create their own PFA checklists to cover specific concerns
  • PFA assessed producers can take additional steps to achieve IFA certification over time
  • Option 2 producer group assessment offers cost-savings and centralized management


Assessment Options:

  • Option 1 (Single Producer with or without an optional Quality Management System)
  • Option 2 (Multiple Producers with a mandatory Quality Management System)


Learn how to get started with your PFA assessment