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Certification Approval for the Canadian Retailer Costco

Costco generated net sales of approximately $138.4 billion in the 2017/2018 fiscal year, making it one of the leading cash and carry food retailers. [Source: Statista.com] The Canadian retailer only accepts suppliers listed through a Costco approved certifier.

TÜV USA is recognised by Costco with a worldwide listing as a certification body. Thanks to the TÜV NORD Group's international organisation, all TÜV NORD branches with appropriately qualified auditors under the project management of TÜV USA can carry out a supplier qualification according to Costco criteria.

Three options for suppliers

There are three ways for suppliers to be listed by Costco:

1. "Small Supplier Audit" (announced) for suppliers <25 employees who do not yet have certification. After successful participation an unannounced Costco GMP audit or a GFSI certification with Costco Addendum is required from the subsequent year

2. Costco GMP Audit (unannounced) - Costco Checklist based on the GFSI approved standards

3. GFSI Addendum Audit - apart from the regular standard requirements of the GFSI approved standards (FSSC, IFS, BRC, SQF), an additional Costco checklist is included as part of the audit, resulting in a small amount of additional effort.

Special requirements for Costco

Requirements that must be met for Costco and that are not reflected in the GFSI standards include:

• Examination by a trained employee recognised by Costco

• Cost and time savings through joint testing as a Costco supplier

• Market access to the Canadian retail industry as a Costco supplier

• Worldwide testing/certification of sites possible

Feel free to contact us for any questions regarding Costco approval.   

International Sales Contact by Country

TUV NORD UK

Mrs. Asha Gautum
agautam@tuv-nord.com

Tel.: +44(0)20 86807711

TUV NORD Mexico

Mrs. Christina Paramo

cparamo@tuv-nord.com

Tel.:+52 442 199-5135

TÜV NORD Poland

Mr. Waldemar Pęzioł 
w.peziol@tuv-nord.pl

Tel.: +48 (0)32 786 46 46

TÜV NORD Poland

Mrs. Monika Wiśniewska-Stefaniuk
m.stefaniuk@tuv-nord.pl

Tel.:+48 (0)32 786 46 46


TÜV NORD Italy

Mrs. Elisabetta Szulin
e.szulin@tuev-nord.it

Tel: +39 (0)331541488 

TÜV NORD Czech

Mrs. Kralova Lenka
kralova@tuev-nord.cz

Tel.: +420 296587223

TÜV NORD Croatia

Mrs. Vološčuk Andrea
avoloscuk@tuv-croatia.hr

Tel.: +385 35 400591 202

TÜV NORD Bulgaria

Mr. Lazarov Trayan
tlazarov@tuv-nord.com

Tel.: +359 2 9713445


TUV HELLAS

Mrs. Dimomeleti Danai
ddimomeleti@tuv-nord.com

Tel.:+30 215 215 7461

TÜV NORD Integra

Mrs. Christine Franck
cfranck@tuv-nord.com 

Tel.:+32 3 287 37 60

TÜV NORD Egypt

Mr. Ramy Marei 
rmarei@tuv-nord.com 

Tel.:+20 2 330 51948

TÜV NORD Turkey

Mr. Yücel Erdem 

yerdem@tuv-nord.com 

Tel.:+90 212 293 2642


TUV Cyprus

Mrs. Ero Demosthenous

erdemosthenous@tuv-nord.com

Tel.:+357 22 442840

TÜV NORD Argentina

Mr. Nicolas Franke 

nfranke@tuv-nord.com

Tel.:+54 11 53655565

TÜV NORD USA

Mr. Scrott Grossman

sgrossman@tuv-nord.com

Tel.:+1 603 870 8023

TÜV NORD Brazil

Mrs. Noemi Mafra

nmafra@tuv-nord.com 

Tel.:+55 1146899400


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