FAQ About Third Party Certification of Gluten-Free Foods

  • Third party gluten-free certification is a process designed to ensure that strict gluten-free standards are met in the testing and production process of labeled foods, beverages or supplements.
  • Manufacturers can choose to hire a third-party to oversee and confirm the accuracy of their gluten-free processes and claims.  This type of certification is voluntary.
  • There are several organizations in North America that certify foods as gluten-free, including Beyond Celiac, Canadian Celiac Association, Gluten Intolerance Group and the National Celiac Association.
  • These groups differ from one another in the criteria they use for certifying products.1,2,3,4


  1. Beyond Celiac Gluten-Free Certification. Accessed July 23, 2018.
  2. Canadian Celiac Association. Gluten-Free Certification Program. Accessed January 23, 2018.
  3. Gluten Intolerance Group Gluten-Free Certification Organization. Accessed January 23, 2018.
  4. National Celiac Association Gluten-Free Recognition Seal Program. Accessed January 23, 2018.
  5. Gluten Free Watchdog. It isn’t just oats that have gluten cross-contact issues. June 7 2018. Accessed July 19, 2018.
  6. Gluten Free Watchdog. General Product Warning: check your lentils including certified gluten-free lentils for foreign grain. December 13, 2016.  Accessed July 19, 2018.


Revised July 25, 2018
Author: Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN, LD
Editors: Amy Keller, MS, RDN, LD and Rupa Mukherjee, MD
Original Authors: Tricia Thompson
Editors: Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN and Daniel Leffler, MD, MS; 8-29-12