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 Feed Mill Certification

Feed Mill applicants wanting to become BAP certified shall complete the following steps.


1.  Review Certification Application Form and BAP Standard for Feed Mills.  The certification application form is used to assimilate information on Feed Mill facilities and general background data on their operations. The applicant must review Guidelines for BAP standards (in PDF Format), address the standards, and provide information on the implementation of the BAP program before they complete the application form (in Microsoft Excel).

Additional information on the program can be requested from the BAP office in Crystal River, Florida.   To become BAP certified, the facility must comply with the requirements stated in the application form and the BAP Feed Mill Standard.

 2.     Return completed application form to the BAP office. The applicant shall answer all of the questions in the application to include facility information and the completed application form must be forwarded to the BAP office for review and approval before the facility can be registered.  The application can be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , faxed to +425-650-3001 or mailed to 706 N. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34429.

Upon receipt of the application form, the BAP office will review the information and provide general guidance to assist the applicant to prepare for the inspection process. The office may recommend that the applicant contact a consultant to help prepare the facility for inspection. Consultants used must be contracted and paid directly by the applicant.

3. Registration of Applicant, Signing of Facility Agreement, and Payment of Inspection Fees.  Once the BAP office has reviewed the application form and verified the applicant is ready to be registered, they will send the applicant a facility certification agreement and an invoice for the application fee and inspection fee.  The facility agreement, which contains the conditions, terms and fees for the BAP program must be signed and returned to the BAP office.  The applicant shall pay the registration and inspection fee directly to the BAP before the inspection can be coordinated with the Certifying Body (CB).

Registration fee:   $500.00 USD

Inspection fee:    $5,500.00 USD

4. Inspection (audit) Process.      The BAP office will forward the application form to an ISO accredited certification body (CB) who will select an auditor and put the auditor in contact with the applicant to coordinate and select a date to conduct the facility audit.  The auditor requests data from applicant for document review, evaluates documents, inspects the facility and formulates a list of non-conformances recorded at the facility.  A copy of the audit will be presented to the applicants representative during the closing meeting and within 48 hours the auditor will deliver the audit report to the CB.

The CB will contact the applicant and forward a list of non- conformances, confirming the applicant has 28 days to submit evidence to close the non-conformances. Once the evidence has been submitted to the CB, the CB will review the evidence with the auditor and either sign-off on the non-conformances or request further evidence. When all of the non-conformances have been closed through corrective actions, the CB convenes a certification committee who will make the certification decision.

Certification decisions shall be made within 42 days of the audit date (unless an extension is granted by the CB). Applicants may be required to have a follow-up re-audit if all of the non-conformances are not closed within the allotted period. For a facility to be certified, it must comply with 100% of the critical, major and minor audit components. New Feed Mills will have up to 1 year from the registration date to complete the certification process.

5. Applicant pays BAP program fees.    Once the applicant completes all BAP certification requirements they shall pay a BAP program participation fee. The fee is based on $1.25 USD per ten (10) metric ton of Aquaculture feed manufactured during the last calendar year. The minimum fee is $3,000 USD and the maximum fee is $10,000 USD.

6. Check BAP website for company listings.  Once the facility is approved for BAP certification and all fees are paid, a unique certification number is assigned to the facility, a BAP certificate is issued and the facility is added to the appropriate list of BAP certified facilities. Unless instructed otherwise by the applicant, facility name and locations are made public on the BAP website.  Certified facilities may advertise their status as provided in the facility certification agreement.

7. Use of the BAP logo. Certified facilities may use the “Best Aquaculture Practices” certification mark or logo in advertising and on retail packaging. Information on the BAP logo and who to use it will be sent to the applicant as outlined in the facility certification agreement.   

8.   Maintain records and input verification data. BAP certified Feed Mills shall maintain records on traceability compliance verification as outlined in the guidelines for BAP standards.

9.    Recertify each year.   Feed Mills that are requesting re-certification must have the facility agreement signed, the inspection fee paid and an inspection date committed at least two months prior to the re-certification date. Facilities have up to 30 days past the re-certification date to complete the re-certification process.




Best Aquaculture Practices
706 N. Suncoast Blvd.
Crystal River, Florida 34429 USA
P.O. Box 2530
Crystal River, Florida 34423 USA
Telephone: +1-352-563-0565 · Fax: +1-425-650-3001
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 November 2012 )