For the third time, NTWG Germany Flowers and Ornamentals and NTWG Germany Fruit and Vegetables have worked together to translate the new Version 5 of the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Standard. They previously translated IFA Versions 3 and 4.

“The GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Groups (NTWGs) are always a valuable source of qualified information. GLOBALG.A.P. is very thankful for their immense support and commitment,” said Friedrich Luedeke, chairman of the NTWG Germany Flowers and Ornamentals.

The German NTWGs also worked on the German National Interpretation Guideline (NIG), which is now in the Public Consultation phase. A National Interpretation Guideline (NIG) is a document that provides guidance on how to implement GLOBALG.A.P. Control Points and Compliance Criteria at a national level. Developed by National Technical Working Groups, these guidelines go through a transparent approval procedure and, once approved, becomes normative GLOBALG.A.P. documents.

In May 2016, the two German NTWGs paid a visit to their colleagues in Vienna, Austria. The two-day meeting was hosted by Agrarmarkt Austria Marketing, also responsible for the GLOBALG.A.P. benchmarked AMAG.A.P. Standard, the first GLOBALG.A.P. Version 5 benchmarked scheme.

During the first day of the meeting, the groups mainly discussed the terms and conditions of implementing GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Version 5.

On the next day, the NTWG delegation visited the company ARDO Austria Frost. The production unit is located 10km east of Vienna in the heart of ‘Marchfeld’, a vegetable growing area that produces leading European quality vegetables that are later frozen or fried for distribution.

ARDO Austria Frost is exemplary of many companies in the region and sets a good example. The company consistently follows sustainability principles by regularly investing in its plants in order to increase efficiency, reduce its energy and water consumption to a minimum, and lower its CO2 balance.

About GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Groups

GLOBALG.A.P. members have set up National Technical Working Groups (NTWGs) in several countries to help adopt GLOBALG.A.P.’s universal standards on a national level. NTWGs identify specific local adaptation and implementation challenges and develop guidelines, known as National Interpretation Guidelines (NIG). These guidelines provide guidance to Certification Bodies and producers on how best to implement GLOBALG.A.P. Control Points and Compliance Criteria at a national level.

By tapping into national networks of experts and stakeholders, GLOBALG.A.P. gains extensive knowledge about the different legal and structural conditions that exist around the world. The NTWGs work in close cooperation with the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat and the Technical Committees, which approve the guidelines developed by this growing number of groups.

Learn more about GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Groups at www.globalgap.org/ntwg.