The USDA Process Verified Program provides suppliers of agricultural products or services the opportunity to assure customers of their ability to provide consistent quality products or services. This is accomplished by having their documented production, manufacturing or service delivery processes verified through independent, third party audits.
USDA Process Verified suppliers are able to make marketing claims - such as production and manufacturing practices or service provision - and market themselves as "USDA Process Verified". The USDA Process Verified Program does not relieve the supplier of meeting regulatory requirements issued by other Federal Departments or USDA Agencies.
The USDA Process Verified Program uses the International Organization for Standardization's+ ISO 9000 series standards for documented quality management systems as a format for evaluating program documentation to ensure consistent auditing practices and promote international recognition of audit results.
To operate an approved USDA Process Verified Program, suppliers must submit a documented quality management system to the Federal Grain Inspection Service's Process Verified Program and successfully pass an audit according to the following procedures: