Gluten-Free Certifications

Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO)

GFCO is an industry program of the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), a nonprofit group helping individuals with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. GFCO offers third-party certification to manufacturers of gluten-free products, including dietary supplements.

Product Certification

In order to obtain and maintain GFCO certification, manufacturers undergo annual inspections of all production facility and regular product testing. GFCO may make unannounced visits to the facilities and carry out off-the-shelf testing of retail samples.

The GFCO certification process ensures that:

  • All finished products contain 10 ppm or less of gluten
  • All raw materials and ingredients have undergone a process of approval ensuring that they are not derived from barley and that they contain 10 ppm or less of gluten
  • Finished products, high-risk raw materials, and equipment are subject to ongoing testing including an annual facility inspection (minimum) and regular submission of finished products for review from the manufacturer
  • Manufacturers and products comply with all government regulations for allergens, gluten-free labeling, and Good
  • Manufacturing Practices

For more information, visit the GFCO website or download the certification manual.

National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Gluten-Free Certification

The NSF gluten-free certification is a third-party certification that verifies that ingredients and products are gluten-free and comply with the U.S. FDA’s Gluten-Free Labeling Final Rule. Certification is available for companies at the beginning, middle or end of the production supply chain. The verification process involves cross-contamination controls, audit, tests and inspection of ingredients, products and facilities.

Product Certification

Product certification involves:

  • A product review including a review of full documentation and desk audit, a review of the companies gluten-free compliance plan (GCP) and a review of individual product profile (IPP) and labeling
  • An onsite inspection or facilities and manufacturing processes
  • Product testing through a collection of a random sample to ensure product contains 15 ppm of gluten or less
  • Verification that raw ingredient testing has been performed
  • Confirmation of one or more of the following: allergen affidavit, certificate of analysis and/or raw ingredient sourcing from an NSF-certified gluten-free supplier
    Annual on-site inspections to maintain certification

For more information, visit the NSF website.

Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP)

The GFCP is a voluntary third-party certification program created by the Allergen Control Group and the Canadian Celiac Association. Available to manufacturers, its goal is to ensure the safe production of gluten-free products.

Product Certification

Certification of gluten-free products involves:

  • An annual third-party audit of manufacturing facilities conducted by a GFCP licensed certification body to verify the facility meets requirements for managing the production of gluten-free products
  • Examination of practices and production process of the facility including ingredient sourcing, employee training, cleaning practices, cross-contact controls, operational management
  • Product testing and review of an end-to-end testing plan

Audits are conducted by GFCP & NFCA Certification Seal trained and approved, independent International Standard for Organization (ISO) and third-party accredited auditing companies.

To learn more, visit the GFCP website.

National Celiac Association (NCA) Gluten-Free Certification

The National Celiac Association is an education and advocacy group representing and serving individuals with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.

The NCA Gluten-Free Certification ensures that manufacturing processes, packaging and finished products are free of wheat, barley, rice, and common oats, as well as their crosses and derivatives. The most appropriate method of analysis is used based on the product being tested to confirm that no detectable gluten is present.

For more information or to view current NCA certification holders, visit the NCA website.