GLOBALG.A.P. and the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China (CNCA) signed an agreement renewing ChinaGAP’s benchmarking with the GLOBALG.A.P. Fruit and Vegetables Standard. The signing took place in the presence of high-ranking government officials at a special ceremony during the 2015 World Accreditation Day on 9 June.

The benchmarking agreement was signed by Mr. Wang Daning, CNCA Deputy Chief Administrator, and Mr. Flavio Alzueta, GLOBALG.A.P. Chief Marketing Officer. The signing ceremony included high-ranking government officials Mr. Zhi Shuping, Minister of General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ); Mr. Sun Dawei, Vice Minister of General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ) and Chief Administrator of Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China (CNCA); and Madam Wang Fengqing, Chair of China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS).

On the significance of GLOBALG.A.P. Benchmarking in China, a CNCA representative said, “ChinaGAP was benchmarked against GLOBALG.A.P. in 2009, making it the first internationally recognized food and agricultural product certification program in the country. The signing of this re-benchmarking agreement benefits numerous Chinese export enterprises. According to the statistics, more than one third of the Chinese agricultural product export enterprises are ChinaGAP or GLOBALG.A.P. certified.

Dr. Kristian Moeller, GLOBALG.A.P. President and CEO, welcomed this important development. "We are proud of our partnership with our Chinese partners at CNCA, a valued collaboration that has been ongoing for more than 10 years. Renewing the ChinaGAP benchmark is a major milestone in our global effort to build trust in global food supply chains and reducing unnecessary duplication."

Yang Zhigang, General Manager of Food Safety Division, Quality & Safety Control Department, COFCO Corporation added, “It is an international practice to assure the safety of food sources by implementing Good Agricultural Practices. The signing of the benchmarking agreement between CNCA and GLOBALG.A.P. will certainly promote the research and application of Good Agricultural Practices in China. This not only further improves the level of Chinese food safety, but it also plays an important role in promoting the facilitation of international trade for food and agricultural products.

The benchmarking signing ceremony was part of a major event in China: the 2015 World Accreditation Day and the Launch of the Ceremony of “Vision and Actions on Jointly Promoting Cooperation of Certification and Accreditation in Building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. At this major event, Mr. Wang Yong, the Leader of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, gave an important speech. Mr. Sun Dawei, Vice Minister of General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ) and Chief Administrator of Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China (CNCA) also made an announcement at this event.

GLOBALG.A.P. offers two levels of benchmarking recognition, Equivalent and Resembling. While equivalent schemes and checklists fully conform to the GLOBALG.A.P. System, resembling schemes conform to a large extent with some exceptions. All benchmarked schemes are listed on the GLOBALG.A.P. website. Resembling schemes are published including a list of GLOBALG.A.P. requirements that are not covered.

Learn more about GLOBALG.A.P. Benchmarking at www.globalgap.org/benchmarking