G.A.P. stands for Good Agricultural Practice – and GLOBALG.A.P. is a voluntary standard for the certification of agricultural products worldwide for safe and sustainable agriculture practices. GLOBALG.A.P. aims to advance the principles of Good Agricultural Practice throughout the world through collaboration, exchange and dialogue to harmonize Good Agricultural Practice all over the world.
GLOBALG.A.P. Scheme Benefits
The standards within the scheme create a benchmarking framework and help producers comply with Europe-wide accepted criteria for food safety, sustainable production methods, worker and animal welfare, and responsible use of water, compound feed and plant propagation materials. GLOBALG.A.P. Certification, not only promotes awareness for safe food production and sustainable resource management, 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 for demonstrating compliance with buyer requirements.
GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Scheme details
GLOBALG.A.P. is available for 3 scopes of production: Crops, Livestock, Aquaculture.
GLOBALG.A.P. Certification covers:
- Food safety and traceability
- Environment (including biodiversity)
- Workers’ health, safety and welfare
- Animal welfare
- Includes Integrated Crop Management (ICM), Integrated Pest Control (IPC)
- Quality Management System (QMS)
- Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
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.
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