Your Guidelines for Good Agricultural Practice
Food safety, labor, environmental, and animal welfare - large retail chains often expect their agricultural suppliers to provide GLOBALG.A.P. certification. Good Agricultural Practices is an international quality standard for agricultural, horticultural, and aquaculture products. The scope of GLOBALG.A.P. is limited to your farm. Once a product leaves your fields, it must be controlled by other quality assurance and certification programs.
Benefits at a Glance
With GLOBALG.A.P. certification from TÜV Rheinland, you can:
- Improve food safety and traceability
- Generate new sales opportunities as a producer
- Boost your competitiveness in the food market
- Uncover weaknesses in your business processes
- Increase your efficiency
- Benefit from delivery authorization for your products for the GLOBALG.A.P. system
- Establish a quality management system as a food-producing enterprise, required by law for agricultural operations as per the EC 178/2002 regulation on traceability
Our Services at a Glance
We certify your company according to these standards:
- GLOBALG.A.P. Fruit and Vegetables. This section also includes potatoes.
- GLOBALG.A.P. IFA - Integrated Farm Assurance. This certificate also covers plants, grain and root crops, flowers and ornamental plants, coffee, tea, livestock, and aquaculture.
Six Steps to More Food Safety and Hygiene
It only takes six steps for our expert to certify your company
1. Preliminary Audit (optional)
Our auditors conduct a preliminary audit to determine whether any requirements associated with this standard have already been implemented in your company and, if so, which ones.
2. Documentation Audit
The auditing team determines the extent to which your food safety system documentation concurs with GLOBALG.A.P. certification requirements.
You demonstrate how your food safety system is applied in practice. Our auditors test how effective it is.
4. Issue of Certificate
If your company meets all of the criteria, your company is then awarded the certificate, showing compliance of your food safety management system.
5. Surveillance Audits
Our annual surveillance assessments help you continuously optimize your processes.
6. Certification Renewal
Every three years the audit is repeated for certification renewal. This ensures continued improvement in your processes and also documents to customers and partners your long-term commitment to more equality.
Objectives of GLOBALG.A.P. Standards
GLOBALG.A.P., formerly EurepGAP, was started in 1997 as a retailer initiative by members of the Euro-Retailer Produce Working Group, Eurep for short. The aim was to develop agricultural standards and procedures for international certification of Good Agricultural Practice - GAP for short - and boost consumer confidence in safe food again. At the same time, the standards were designed to make global trade easier. Today, requirements for food safety, occupational safety, environmental and animal welfare are just as equally incorporated in GLOBALG.A.P. guidelines as are integrated farming, pesticides, residue monitoring, and hygiene. GLOBALG.A.P. is in the process of integrating all similar agricultural worldwide standards – harmonizing them and making them transparent. Similar to the IFS and BRC, the standard was initiated by the grocery retail industry. Nowadays, there are separate certifications for fruit and vegetables, grain and root crops, and livestock.