As the standard-setter, Global Animal Partnership does not conduct audits nor make Step-rating certification decisions.
Authorized independent, third-party certification companies assess compliance of operations with our 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards. These independent certifiers, with trained and ratified auditors, perform the audits and issue Step certificates, as appropriate.
By requiring independent certification, GAP assures farmers, consumers, and retailers that Step ratings are fair, accurate, and free of any conflict of interest.
Below are the certification companies authorized to audit and certify to our program:
NOTE: As of April 1, 2013, Steritech no longer conducts certification services, including 5-Step auditing and certification.