Any food and health product company or industry professional working at any point in the chain of production, supply, processing, distribution and sale to consumers may participate in the program. Any enrolled participant anywhere in the world is able to access GCSE-FHP SSQA Implementation Guidance.
Payments to GCSE-Food & Health Protection for participating in the SSQA program are very minimal. It is possible for the total cost to be less than $500 CAD for life. Keep in mind that the SSQA program is designed to minimize costs to companies in the first place. A participating company is completely free to decide on how much it is willing to spend. This largely depends on its ability to maximize the returns on investments while achieving effective, efficient and reliable consumer protection. There are no fixed amounts that participating companies must pay annually in order to maintain the SSQA programs. All fees applicable to the SSQA programs outside of the fees paid for enrolment are completely voluntary. For example, the current fee is set at $150 CAD for companies and $75 CAD for SSQA Facilitators per year. This fee includes access to the implementation manual that is available on-line for as long as the enrolment period has not expired. The single copy of the implementation manual that you legally obtained is yours to keep for life with no annual fees.
Single copies of the implimentation manual may be obtained by individuals or companies (without access to the live update version online) at the same price of $75 CAD per copy that is currently offered to SSQA Facilitators without the required enrolment in the GCSE-FHP SSQA program: Order Your Copy of the Manual
Payments for other provisions available to SSQA program participants are completely voluntary. For example, a participant may decide to pay the fee for only a single period of access to the implementation guide. The access is typically for one year. This could be the only payment that is made outside of the company’s usual internal costs for implementing and managing the programs. Other fees that apply to membership participation in GCSE-Food and Health Protection are also completely voluntary. These include contributions that allow for on-going SSQA programs implementation assistance or guidance from GCSE-FHP Panellists. Certain contributions for membership administration are also voluntary. Membership in the coalition is free.
Information about the GCSE-FHP SSQA program is also available on the Coalition Website: For specific inquiries about the SSQA and other GCSE-FHP programs, interested persons or companies may contact the GCSE-FHP Team via email: (email@example.com).
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