The GlobalG.A.P Accreditation programme is a voluntary accreditation programme implemented by the IOAS on behalf of the scheme owner, GlobalG.A.P. c/o FoodPLUS GmbH. The standards help producers comply with world-wide accepted criteria for food safety, sustainable production methods, worker welfare, and responsible use of water, and plant propagation materials. GLOBALG.A.P. Certification, does not only promotes awareness for safe food production and sustainable resource management, but it demands greater efficiency in production. It improves business performance and reduces waste of vital resources. It also requires a general approach to farming that builds in best practices for generations to come.
Retailer and other buyer requirements create market incentives for high levels of food safety and good agricultural and aquacultural practices. As a private sector, voluntary certification program, GLOBALG.A.P. is recognized by buyers worldwide.
IOAS Accredited Certification Bodies may use the IAF-MLA Mark in combination with the IOAS accreditation symbol on certificates for MLA-subscopes for the ISO/IEC 17065 GLOBALG.A.P. IFA. IOAS is a IAF MLA signatory and accreditations granted by IAF MLA signatories are recognised worldwide based on their equivalent accreditation programs. Mutual recognition of accredited certification in many markets reduces costs and adds value to business.
GLOBALG.A.P. Certification covers the following main chapters:
- Food safety and traceability
- Environment (including biodiversity, ecosystem restoration, climate change, food waste, plastic management, carbon neutrality, deforestation prevention)
- Workers’ health, safety and welfare
- Animal welfare
- Includes Integrated Crop Management (ICM), Integrated Pest Control (IPC)
- Quality Management System (QMS, continuous improvement)
- Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
Certification options are:
Option 1 – individual agricultural producer
Option 1 – with multisites
Option 2 – Grower group
GlobalG.A.P. Certification scopes are:
- Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) v6 Plants scope with one or more of the selected product categories:
- Smart edition: Fruit & Vegetables (FV),
- Smart edition: Hops, Flowers & Ornamentals (FO),
- GFS edition: Fruit & Vegetables (FV) (GFSI recognition in progress),
Note: IFA Version 6 requirements for the product categories Tea, Plant Propagation Material, and Combinable crops will be published later by the Scheme Owner.
The Smart editions of GlobalG.A.P. v6 for the available product categories is obligatory from January 1, 2024. The last possible audit date of the IFAv5 subscopes FV, FO, HOP, AQ is December 31, 2023.
Exception is the version 5.4.1- GFS Farm base Fruit and Vegetables scope , until the IFA V6 GFS is approved by GFSI.
- Integrated Farm Assurance v6 Aquaculture (AQ) (Smart and GFS edition is the same),
- Standard for Chain of Custody.
Note: The Integrated Farm Assurance v5 Livestock Base is being phased out by the Scheme owner in 2023.
New applicant certification bodies and those adding any new scope must have provisional approval from the scheme owner before applying to the accreditation body. The CB needs to submit such evidence to IOAS when sending this form completed.
Certification bodies will need to comply with relevant requirements in the GLOBALG.A.P. General Regulations (various parts and subscope parts depending on scope of services) and sign an agreement with GLOBALG.A.P.
All GLOBALG.A.P. inspectors and auditors are required to pass an online test and one in-house trainer per CAB must take part in a compulsory CAB Training Workshop. All auditors have to attend the GLOBALG.A.P. QMS Auditor Training.
Certification Bodies also need to comply with ISO/IEC 17065:2012 – Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services.
First steps in accreditation are as follows:
- Complete the standard IOAS application form
The IOAS GLOBALG.A.P Operating Manual provides full guidance on implementation of this scheme.
All standards and certification requirements are available on GlobalG.A.P.’s certification website page.