GLOBAL GAP is also a trademark that sets various standards for good agricultural practices (GAP - Good Agricultural Practives) around the world. GLOBAL GAP, which has a very important goal of making agricultural activities safe and sustainable on a global scale, publishes the latest, modern and reliable standards in this field. The organization has set voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products worldwide. Today, many manufacturers, supplier and buyer certification standards are in line with the purpose of the GLOBAL GAP company.
GLOBAL GAP believes that every generation has the right to receive safe food. In this context, it supports farmers to develop and implement farm assurance systems that are factual and recognized in the supply chain. It also helps producers to enter markets where they can sell safely and sustainably produced agricultural products.
GLOBAL GAP´s standards are the result of years of intensive research and collaboration with industry experts, manufacturers and retailers around the world. The goal of the organization is safe and sustainable agricultural production that will benefit farmers, retailers and consumers around the world.
While GLOBAL GAP certification deals with many issues related to agriculture, it basically addresses the following issues:
Food safety and traceability
• Environmental issues, including biodiversity
• Workers´ health, safety and well-being
Integrated Crop Management (ICM)
Integrated Pest Control (IPC)
• Quality Management System (QMS)
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
Standards also support increasing productivity in agricultural production. The standards published by GLOBAL GAP increase the performance of agricultural activities and reduce the waste of resources. It also seeks to prevail in a general farming approach that builds best practices in agriculture for future generations.
GLOBAL GAP Certificate
The GLOBAL GAP Certificate, also known as the Integrated Farm Assurance Standard (IFA), covers good agricultural practices for agriculture, aquaculture, livestock and horticultural production. It also includes different aspects of food production and supply chain such as chain of custody and compound feed production.
The IFA standard has been revised through a comprehensive stakeholder engagement and consultation process and was published in July 2015 as version 5 (V5) with a one-year transformation period. With this regulation, V5 became mandatory in 2016. The new version of the standard has undergone several updates to adapt to changes in the industry and to maintain Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognition for aquaculture, fruit and vegetables. GLOBAL GAP introduced v5.3-GFS in February 2020. This version will be the IFA standard with GFSI recognition.
The GLOBAL GAP IFA Standard V5 is built on a system of modules that enables manufacturers to obtain certification for several sub-scopes in a single audit. The content of the standard is as follows:
• General Regulations: These set criteria for successful Control Points and Compliance Criteria (CPCC) implementation, as well as guidelines for validation and regulation of the standard.
• Control Points and Compliance Criteria (CPCC): These define and explain the requirements to achieve the quality standard required by GLOBAL GAP.
CPCC has a structure consisting of the following modules:
• The Whole Farm Base Module: This is the basis of all standards and includes all the requirements that all producers must comply with first to obtain certification.
• Scope Module: This defines clear criteria based on different food production sectors. There are three different scopes within GLOBAL GAP: crops, flat breeding and aquaculture.
• Sub-Scope Module: This CPCC covers all requirements for a specific product or for different aspects of food production and supply chain.
Manufacturers wishing to be certified must comply with all CPCC related to their sub-scopes. For example, a strawberry grower must organize their activities to include all of the above CPPCs in order to obtain the GLOBAL GAP IFA Fruit and Vegetable Standard Certificate.
GLOBAL GAP also helps producers to better prepare their farms. In this context, a certification body auditor provides checklists specific to each module to help them make the necessary changes before conducting an audit on the farm concerned.
GLOBAL GAP´s certification covers the following products: