Global Good Agricultural PracticesIntroduction:GLOBALG.A.P.(Global Good Agricultural Practices) is the internationally recognized standardfor farm production. These are the principles applied toon-farm production and post production processes that ensure the quality ofagricultural products for consumers.
These principles are formulated bythe Global GAP organization whose certification bodies certifies the farms onlocal level.GLOBALG.A.
P. Certification covers:Food safety and traceabilityEnvironment (including biodiversity)Workers’ health, safety and welfareAnimal welfareIncludes Integrated Crop Management (ICM), Integrated PestControl (IPC), Quality Management System (QMS), and Hazard Analysis and Critical ControlPoints (HACCP)Our standard demands, among other things, greater efficiencyin production. It improves business performance and reduces waste of vitalresources. It also requires a general approach to farming that builds in bestpractices for generations to come.History:Global G.A.P. was started in 1997 as EUROPGAP by Britishretailers working together with supermarkets across Europe.
It was started toaddress the consumers’ concerns regarding product safety, environmental impactand the health. Hence, they developed an independent certification system toharmonize their own standards and procedures for Good Agricultural Practices(G.A.
P.).The EUROPGAP helped the producers to maintain the criteriafor food safety and sustainable production in the whole Europe. Harmonizedcertification also helped the producers, as it saved them from several auditsevery year.Over the next ten years the process spread all over the worlddue to globalization.
The European organization got global significance becausea great number of producers and retailers joined in. EUROPGAP changed its nameto GLOBALG.A.P. in 2007 to reflect its global reach.GLOBALG.
A.P. today isthe world’s leading farm assurance program, ensuring quality of farmproducts currently working in more than 120 countries.
GLOBALG.A.P.Certification ProcessGLOBALG.A.P. relies on independent third-party certification.
Certificates are issued by GLOBALG.A.P. approved certification bodies (CBs),who inspect farms and update online database. These accredited certificationbodies issue GLOBALG.A.P.
Certificates to producers who have successfullyimplemented the GLOBALG.A.P. Standards.Currently, GLOBALG.A.P. is working with 154 independent andaccredited CBs to carry out GLOBALG.
A.P. Certification worldwide. These CBsconduct both announced and unannounced onsite farm inspections and auditsthroughout the year.CBs can only be accredited by accreditation bodies (ABs) thathave signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GLOBALG.A.
P.TheGLOBALG.A.P. Standard Setting:GLOBALG.A.P. interact with all the stake holders includingproducers, retailers and consumers to build standards that can be verified andused to due diligence.
This GLOBALG.A.P. policy applies to all standarddevelopment activities and services. It is a guidance for decision-making andthe strategic alignment of GLOBALG.A.P.
Standards or any related issues.ParticipationStandard setting can only be sufficiently comprehensive ifall the relevant stakeholders are involved. Reasonable opportunities areprovided to the public as well as relevant stakeholder groups to participate ingovernance, assurance and monitoring and/or evaluation of the standard.Scientific and Expert BasisScientific studies, as well other relevant internationalnorms or sector-specific standards are considered.
Experts in specific areasare invited to collaborate with regard to the contents of the standard.Harmonizationand DiversityWe are actively involved in the harmonization of standardsand provide and facilitate a benchmarking process through whichstandards that are in line with the vision and objectives of our GLOBALG.A.P.Standards are evaluated for equivalence. Before developing a standard, weevaluate other existing standards to see if a mutual cooperation betweenschemes is possible.Standard setting is based on balanced and representativegroups of stakeholders (e.g.
Technical and focus groups) andthe inclusion of open public discussion options. Where feasible and necessary,standards are adapted to local conditions.Continuous ImprovementWe are strongly committed to ensuring consistent delivery andimplementation of our standards worldwide. Feedback mechanisms are included instandard development and serve the ongoing improvement of the GLOBALG.A.P.
Systemin all its aspects.We are committed to understanding the latest developments inagriculture as well as aquaculture and to adapting our standards accordingly sothat stakeholders are able to comply in a harmonized manner at an internationallevel.We promote transparency and integrity throughout the entirestandard-setting process. Criteria must be clear and avoid anymisinterpretations (this concerns the official English version as well as therespective translations). Criteria must be verified for their credibility andability to be audited by accredited third-party certification bodies.
Cultivatingthe Future of the PlanetGLOBALG.A.P. is the internationally recognized standard forfarm production. Our core product is the result of years of intensive researchand collaboration with industry experts, producers and retailers around theglobe. Our goal is safe and sustainable agricultural production to benefitfarmers, retailers and consumers throughout the world.