GLOBALG.A.P. is continuing to monitor and assess risks and recommendations in the face of the outbreak and rapid spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). To support its producers in this extraordinary situation, to safeguard the health and safety of inspectors and auditors, and to ensure a continuous supply of products from GLOBALG.A.P. certified production processes, GLOBALG.A.P. is considering alternative ways of conducting inspections and audits, including remote inspections and audits.
The current emergency procedure (published by GLOBALG.A.P. on 26 March 2020) is in line with the requirements of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). However, they do not include certification for new and existing clients based solely on remote inspections and audits.
To meet this need, GLOBALG.A.P. is developing IFA Remote. For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, this solution shall allow re-certification and initial certification based on fully remote inspections and audits. While the solution will apply to all GLOBALG.A.P. standards, it will likely not be GFSI-recognized. IFA Remote will run in parallel with the regular Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard, and IFA Remote certificates will be clearly marked, to inform all market participants that they are based on remote inspections and audits. GLOBALG.A.P are also examining the possibility of offering this option for all add-ons with the aim to support producers and the market in any possible contingency by offering flexibility in certificate extension, transfer, etc.
GLOBALG.A.P. will establish the IFA Remote solution in consultation with various stakeholders, including market participants, certification and accreditation bodies, and other representatives starting the week of 6 April 2020 and are pro-actively engaging with all relevant stakeholders for their input.
GLOBALG.A.P. has created a dedicated email address for stakeholders for feedback on IFA remote: email@example.com. with the initial draft of IFA Remote to follow soon.