Thirty six national accreditation bodies of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) have further aligned their peer review mechanism to assess GLOBALG.A.P. certification bodies. They have adopted the same rules and included the GLOBALG.A.P. requirements in the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) peer evaluation process.

“We are extremely proud that our efforts to harmonize the certification and accreditation activities globally have passed a new milestone in our partnership with IAF”, said Kristian Moeller, CEO of GLOBALG.A.P. “We are breaking new ground and are among the first international private sector standard owners that have achieved this level of recognition. As a result we will see much more consistent GLOBALG.A.P. audits around the world.”

GLOBALG.A.P. has relied on third party accredited certification since the start of the scheme and pays significant attention to the constant improvement of the scheme’s performance on every level. " This is why we not only invest in our own integrity program, but also continuously search for new ways to raise consistency among accreditation bodies."

In September 2015 GLOBALG.A.P. conducted its annual accreditation body (AB) meeting in Frankfurt, Germany with more than 30 accreditation bodies present. The GLOBALG.A.P. meeting was followed by the BRC and IFS accreditation body meetings. This event, consisting of 3 consecutive meetings, represents the strong cooperation among the certification schemes that use IAF member accreditation bodies. The aim of this meeting is to provide an opportunity for harmonization and give the latest updates to the accreditation body representatives.

GLOBALG.A.P. has participated in the working group developing the new norm ISO/IEC 17065, and last year attended the relevant technical working group meetings of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) annual meeting in Milan, Italy. Additionally, all of our training offers and courses are available free-of-charge to the accreditation body experts.

The GLOBALG.A.P. Standards are available exclusively via ISO/IEC 17065 accredited certification bodies (CBs). The accreditation may only be provided by those accreditation bodies that are signatories of the IAF MLA for Product Certification. The MLA procedure includes a peer evaluation process in which assessor teams (consisting of experts from other IAF member ABs) periodically crosscheck each other.

The peer evaluation has several scopes and levels. Since 2014, GLOBALG.A.P. is the only private standard that has gained IAF endorsement and consequently has been formally included in the MLA peer evaluation process.

What does this mean for certification industry stakeholders?

During the peer evaluation process, the assessor team not only evaluates the applicant AB on how to accredit a CB against ISO/IEC 17065, but also how the CB follows the GLOBALG.A.P. normative documents. This enhances the consistency of both the ABs and the CBs.

The 2015 IFA General Assembly resolved that the IAF regional groups EA (European co-operation for Accreditation), IAAC (InterAmerican Accreditation Cooperation) and PAC (Pacific Accreditation Cooperation) are to implement GLOBALG.A.P. in the peer evaluation process.  

There are now 60 accreditation body signatories to the IAF MLA from 55 countries/economies. Currently, 36 of them have signed the Memorandum of Understanding with GLOBALG.A.P. The 60 signatories and three regional groups have the following MLA scopes:

  • Main scope:
    • Management Systems ISO/IEC 17021: 3 regional groups and 54 ABs
    • Product ISO/IEC Guide 65: 3 regional groups and 52 ABs
  •  Sub-Scope:
    • Level 4
      • GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) General Regulations: 3 regional groups and 26 ABs
    • Level 5
      • ISO 9001: 3 regional groups and 54 ABs
      • ISO 14001: 3 regional groups and 50 ABs
      • GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Control Points and Compliance Criteria (CPCC): 3 regional groups and 26 ABs 

For more information about the IAF MLA, click here.

For the list of GLOBALG.A.P. Accreditation Bodies, click here.