Crops for Processing (CfP) – FAQ

1. Who can apply for the CfP Standard?

Any primary producer of crops, where the crops that are grown in a controlled production process are further processed and NOT consumed fresh, for example:

  • Fruit and vegetable plants that are canned, cooked, frozen, juiced.
  • Combinable crops used for human food or for feed.
2. Is processing covered under CfP?

No, processing is excluded from CfP. However, the link from the producer to the processor must always be very clear, e.g. via a contract that clearly indicates who is responsible for which production / processing part. Information regarding the processor must be included in the Overview of Farming Operations document in the CfP Checklist. Any links to the processor’s certification should be made available.

3. Choosing between IFA and CfP?

Producers can determine the standard that is applicable to them by using the decision tree in the CfP Checklist (See Tab: Overview of Farming Operations )

 
4. What are the main differences between CfP and IFA?

CfP

IFA

1. Crops are not consumed fresh.

1. Crops can also be consumed fresh.

2. Crops always processed after harvest.

2. Crops not necessarily processed after harvest.

3. Certificate valid for 3 years.

3. Certificate valid for 1 year.

4. Producer has the option to conduct and upload a self-assessment / internal inspection or audit during the certification period (e.g. 2 nd and 3 rd year), as conducted by himself or a second party, as proof that the system is maintained.

4. GLOBALG.A.P. approved Certification Body must conduct full announced inspection annually.

5. Onsite inspection by external CB minimum every 3 rd year.

5. Annual onsite inspection by external CB.

6. Covers only crops from sub-scopes Fruit and Vegetables and/or Combinable Crops.

6. Covers products from different scopes e.g. Crops, Aquaculture and Livestock production.

7. Very clear and defined link required to the processor.

7. Processor outside of the certification scope

8. Issued by CFP-GGN.

8. Issued by GGN.

5. What are examples of a “kill step” that must be implemented by the processor?

Examples include residue testing, product washing with chlorinated water, pasteurization, heating/cooking, radiation, freezing, roasting, etc.

6. If the processor does not apply any “kill step”, can CfP still be implemented?

If there is no specific “kill step” at the processor, CfP cannot be implemented at producer level. However, there may be some exceptions . In some cases, it is important to evaluate the specific crop, the process and the history and vulnerability of this crop to food safety outbreaks. An example could be cold-press production of olive oil.

7. Can a producer register a part of his crop (e.g. peas) under IFA and a part under CfP?

No, the producer cannot register one crop (e.g. peas) under both CfP and IFA. If a part of the crop is consumed fresh it would require an IFA certification for production. In this case the whole pea crop shall be certified under IFA, which covers more risks and is appropriate for fresh produce.

8. Will producers that are registered/certified for CfP also get a GGN?

Yes, the producer will be issued a GGN, (but with the prefix – CFP) to ensure it is clear in the GLOBALG.A.P. Database that it is for the CfP Standard e.g. CFP-GGN1234567891011

9. Is Chain of Custody a requirement for CfP?

No, producers that are certified against CfP are NOT required to also be certified against Chain of Custody.

10. Can the processor use the CFP-GGN on the final processed product?

No, the CFP–GGN can only be used by the holder of a valid CfP certificate (e.g. producer). If the processor (who is not also a producer) wants to add a GGN to the final processed product, the processor must apply for Chain of Custody and can then use the CoC-GGN.

11. Do any additional fees apply to the Certification Body (CB) to be able to conduct the CfP inspections?

If a CB is already finally approved by GLOBALG.A.P. to conduct inspections against the sub-scope for IFA Fruit and Vegetables and additionally at least (at the same time) also provisionally approved for IFA Combinable Crops, no additional fees are required in 2017.

12. Where can I find the Control Points and Compliance Criteria (CPCC) document?

There is only a checklist for CfP that is available for free at the GLOBALG.A.P. Document Center on the website. There is no additional CPCC document for CfP. The other applicable document is the General Rules of the CfP Standard

13. What is required by a Certification Body (CB) to conduct CfP inspections?
  • The CB must be finally approved (step 6) for GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Fruit and Vegetables and additionally at least (at the same time) provisionally approved (step 5) for IFA Combinable Crops. It is not necessary to submit an application form but please send a formal letter of intent to: terheggen@globalgap.org
  • Inspectors and auditors must comply with the same requirements as IFA inspectors / auditors for Crops (IFA General Regulations Part III Annex  II.1 & III.2)
  • All auditors and inspectors shall pass the online training for the IFA sub-scopes Fruit and Vegetables + Combinable Crops. 
  • There is currently no in-house trainer training for CfP.
14. Can producer groups also be certified under CfP?

Option 2 is allowed under CfP. The same rules are followed as in the case of IFA.

15. Which fees apply for producers that want to register for CfP?

Please refer to the latest GLOBALG.A.P. Fee Table Section 2.5

16. As a producer, what would be the steps to take to start with the CfP Standard?

6 Steps to Get Started with the CfP Standard 

  1. Download the relevant CfP Standard Documents and Checklists from the Quicklink section on the GLOBALG.A.P. Website.
  2. Work through the decision tree to determine if the production process qualifies for certification under CfP.
  3. Compare offers from the Certification Bodies in your country, register with the one you choose and get your CfP Number (CFP-GGN). Find a full list of GLOBALG.A.P. approved certification bodies here.
  4. Carry out a self-assessment using the checklist and correct all the points you don’t comply with. Remember to complete the “Overview of Farming” as well. Here a GLOBALG.A.P. Licensed Farm Assurer, who is a trained and approved consultant, can provide you with valuable assistance during your audit preparations. Find a full list of GLOBALG.A.P. Licenced Farm Assurers here.
  5. Arrange an appointment with the chosen GLOBALG.A.P. approved Certification Body. An inspector will conduct the first on-site inspection.
  6. Once you successfully comply with the standard’s requirements, you will receive a GLOBALG.A.P. Certificate.