The development of the GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard is based on the FAO Technical Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification. This means that the four pillars of the guidelines (food safety, environment, animal welfare, social practices) have continuously been covered. Food safety is a core requirement and the GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard is currently the only aquaculture certification program at farm level that is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). The environmental criteria include biodiversity and protected areas, while animal welfare for aquatic species has also been included in more detail starting with the new Version 5 released in June 2015. And finally, in addition to the existing areas of occupational health and safety, the risk assessment on social practices has become a major requirement for every audit. This means that the entire production chain is verified with regard to social practices and the outcome is transparently available to all market participants.

GLOBALG.A.P. is now applying to be benchmarked by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) for the scope of Aquaculture certification in order to support certified farms from an environmental point of view. " Benchmarking platforms such as GSSI contribute largely towards increasing quality and consistency among certification programs. Both are needed to generate confidence in certification, which is one of our most important tools to maintain and increase trust in the agriculture, aquaculture and food sector," said Dr. Kristian Moeller, CEO of GLOBALG.A.P. " I want to thank all those organizations and individuals who have built up GSSI."

If in the future, a platform to evaluate animal welfare criteria as well as social practices is consolidated to evaluate aquaculture certification schemes, GLOBALG.A.P. will do its best to support these initiatives. 

About GLOBALG.A.P.

GLOBALG.A.P. is one of the world’s leading farm assurance systems and certification programs that offers a clear focus on food safety paired with other significant elements of Good Agriculture and Aquaculture Practices, a transparent and robust integrity system equipped with an increasing flexibility to respond to market requirements, and modular and customized solutions for certification, farm assessments, and capacity building. Today, over 170,000 primary producers in all product categories are under GLOBALG.A.P. Certification in 124 countries. GLOBALG.A.P. programs primarily focus on product safety, environmental impact and the health, safety and welfare of workers and animals. GLOBALG.A.P. has also been operating a benchmarking platform for primary production standards for more than 15 years. For more information, visit www.globalgap.org.  

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Claudia Meifert at meifert@globalgap.org

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