The Worldwide Standard for Good Agricultural Practices.
Food Safety and Traceability
What’s in the Standards?
The GLOBALG.A.P. Certificate, also known as the Integrated Farm Assurance Standard (IFA), covers Good Agricultural Practices for agriculture, aquaculture, livestock and horticulture production.
The GLOBALG.A.P. Fruit & Vegetables Standard covers all stages of production, from pre-harvest activities such as soil management and plant protection product application to post-harvest produce handling, packing and storing. The Standard has been successfully assessed against the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements and achieved GFSI recognition for scope B1 Farming of Plants and D Pre-Processing Handling of Plant Products .
The Combinable Crops Standard covers: Propagation Material, Machinery and Equipment, Crop Protection, Harvesting as well as Harvested Crop Handling.
The GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Standard consists of General Rules and Control Points and Compliance Criteria (CPCC.) The GLOBALG.A.P. IFA CPCC are modular-based consisting of:
- The All Farm Base Module: This is the foundation of all sub-scopes and defines all the requirements that all producers must first comply with to gain certification.
- The Scope Module: This defines clear criteria based on the different food production sectors. GLOBALG.A.P. covers 3 scopes: Crops, Livestock and Aquaculture.
- The Sub-scope Module: These CPCC cover all the requirements for a particular product or different aspect of the food production and supply chain.
The scopes (e.g. livestock) are automatically coupled to the sub-scopes that a producer or producer group applies for. For example, a poultry producer must comply with the All Farm Base, the Livestock scope module, and the Poultry CPCC to receive a GLOBALG.A.P. Poultry Standard Certificate. Livestock producers are also required to source their compound feed from reliable suppliers. The GLOBALG.A.P. Compound Feed Standard helps livestock producers find GLOBALG.A.P. certified compound feed manufacturers.
The GLOBALG.A.P. CoC Standard identifies the status of your product throughout the entire process, from farm to retailer. It lays out strict requirements for handling certified products and the proper segregation of certified and non-certified produce in the processing operation units.
GRASP is a voluntary, ready-to-use module developed to assess social practices on the farm, such as specific aspects of workers’ health, safety, and welfare. Legal requirements regarding the control points (such as minimum wage, age of legal employment, working hours, etc.) differ from country to country. Where the requirements are stricter, local legislation takes precedence over GRASP. Where there is no legislation (or legislation is not so strict), GRASP provides the minimum compliance criteria for a good social management system.
In response to growing concerns regarding specific aspects of the agricultural production process and supply chain, GLOBALG.A.P. has developed add-on modules that enhance your GLOBALG.A.P. Certification. These made-to-measure add-ons upgrade your status as a producer and offer buyers specific assurances tailored to their interests and preferences.
Tesco NURTURE : Since January 2017 the Tesco NURTURE programme has become an additional NURTURE Module to the current GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Version 5 audit processes. This reduced audit duplication and increased flexibility for suppliers when choosing how they want their sites to be assessed.
FSMA: In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires specific practices to be implemented and followed for the production, handling, and import of food products. To support implementation efforts at the producer level, GLOBALG.A.P. offers its FSMA Produce Safety Rule Add-on to address control points found in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule (FSMA PSR).
GRASP : GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP) is developed to assess social practices on the farm, addressing specific aspects of workers’ health, safety and welfare.
SPRING – Sustainable Program for Irrigation and Groundwater Use: A farm-level add-on which helps producers, retailers, and traders demonstrate their commitment to sustainable water management and can be implemented together with the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA standard for Crops.
GLOBALG.A.P Plus – a set of requirements based on the McDonalds good practice regulation
Albert Heijn Protocole for Residues: Systematic verification for taking samples which vouches for compliance of the standards required.