HARPS is a retailer-led scheme designed to assist suppliers to the major grocery retailers in Australia with compliance to food safety, legal and trade legislation.

A new decision graphic has been developed to assist suppliers in determining whether their business requires HARPS. The terminology in this graphic replaces the previous references to ‘direct’ and ‘indirect’ suppliers, and uses a tiering system to define supply chain responsibilities and actions required by suppliers.

There have also been some changes made to the rollout of HARPS. These include coordinating HARPS awareness sessions in each state-based central market and regional locations and providing additional time for Tier 2 suppliers to achieve HARPS approval, with the deadline for these businesses now extended to 1 January 2019.

For more information on HARPS or any of the updates covered in this article, see the HARPS website. If you have any questions about HARPS not covered in the HARPS FAQ section, please contact the HARPS Helpline on 1300 852 219 or email harps@harpsonline.com.au.

This post appeared in the AUSVEG Weekly Update published 6 February 2018.