GLOBALG.A.P. - General FAQs

We have compiled several Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to guide you through the GLOBALG.A.P. System and website.

1. What are the benefits of being GLOBALG.A.P. certified?

The majority of retailers in today’s markets require certain standards that ensure safe and sustainable agriculture, and GLOBALG.A.P. Certification is highly regarded as a very reliable standard for demonstrating on-farm food safety and sustainability. So by complying with the GLOBALG.A.P. Control Points and Compliance Criteria (CPCC), producers can sell their products both locally and globally. GLOBALG.A.P. Certification thus offers producers a ticket to the global market. The Standard is available for 3 scopes of production: Crops, Livestock, and Aquaculture.

5 Advantages of GLOBALG.A.P. Certification

  1. Add value to your products by complying with a globally recognized standard.
  2. Gain access to new local and global customers, markets, suppliers and retailers.
  3. Reduce your exposure to food safety and product safety reputational risks.
  4. Improve the efficiency of your farm processes and management.
  5. Get a GLOBALG.A.P. Number (GGN) for easy identification & traceability on a b2b level.

Watch our introductory video here.

2. As a producer, where can I find relevant information?

If you’re a producer, please go to www.globalgap.org/forproducers to find out more about all our scopes, options (e.g. single producer or producer group), and add-ons (customized certification solutions).

Here is a video that explains producer group certification (Option 2).

3. How do I get certified? - 5 Steps to Certification

Great! Now that you’ve decided to get GLOBALG.A.P. Certification, here’s how you can do that. Simply follow the steps listed at www.globalgap.org/getcertified, and you’re on your way!

You can find information on certification bodies that can conduct the required on-farm audits at www.globalgap.org/approvedcbs.

localg.a.p. serves as a stepping stone toward GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Certification. This is available in some countries for producers selling to specific retailers. A cost-effective solution for emerging markets, it helps producers gain gradual recognition by providing an entry level to GLOBALG.A.P. Certification. Learn more at www.localgap.org.

4. What are the costs for GLOBALG.A.P. Certification?

The costs for GLOBALG.A.P. Certification consist of the following:

- Costs for Implementing the Standard: Each farm is unique, so depending on their specific situation, some farms may need to implement new policies, processes and installations to comply with the standard.

- GLOBALG.A.P. Registration Fee: Charged by the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat via the certification bodies. Click here to see our fee table.

  • For producers farming crops, the GLOBALG.A.P. producer registration fee is charged per area (hectares) under production. GLOBALG.A.P. distinguishes between covered (glass house) and non-covered production.
  • For Livestock and Aquaculture producers, the fee is size-related to the tons of meat/product at point of slaughter.

- Service Fees to the Certification Body: Costs for the audits (time, travel costs) and services provided by the independent certification body are negotiated directly between the producer and the certification body and depend on individual price policies, duration of the audit, travel costs, time needed for preparation, and follow up. To find a list of all certification bodies, go to www.globalgap.org/approvedcbs.

Please note: Certificates are issued per product and are valid for 1 year.

5. How can I find a GLOBALG.A.P. consultant (Farm Assurer)?

Should you require further help with your process of getting GLOBALG.A.P. certified and complying with the CPCCs, we highly recommend that you contact a GLOBALG.A.P. Farm Assurer. These expert consultants are qualified to conduct independent and approved GLOBALG.A.P. training to farmers. To learn more and find a Farm Assurer in your region, click here.

6. How can I become a GLOBALG.A.P. consultant (Farm Assurer)?

Farm Assurers are independent, on-site advisors and consultants who help producers navigate the steps necessary to implement Good Agricultural Practices and to obtain GLOBALG.A.P. Certification. The program is open to businesses and organizations in the agriculture and aquaculture industries that offer consulting services to their clients. Learn more here.

7. As a buyer/ retailer, where can I find relevant information?

GLOBALG.A.P. is aware of how important it is for retailers to source certified products, in their effort to have consistent and reliable access to quality foods as well as promote Good Agricultural Practices (G.A.P.) among their supplier base.

To find out about all our services for retailers, go to www.globalgap.org/forbuyers.

Learn more about how buyers can benefit from GLOBALG.A.P. Certification at www.globalgap.org/buyerbenefit.

8. How do I source GLOBALG.A.P. certified products?

Many GLOBALG.A.P. certified products are labelled with a 13-digit GLOBALG.A.P. Number (GGN) that identifies each producer on a b2b level. All information on producers and their products and certification statuses is centrally stored in the GLOBALG.A.P. Database, offering the highest grade of transparency and integrity. You can search for GLOBALG.A.P. certified products and producers here.

We offer a bookmarking package for anyone who buys or sells GLOBALG.A.P. certified products. GLOBALG.A.P. Bookmarking is the easy way to record and monitor the certificate status of your producers. To register for bookmarking, click here. For further information on bookmarking, click here.

Learn how to upgrade your suppliers using the localg.a.p. program at www.localgap.org.

9. What are the benefits of being part of the GLOBALG.A.P. Community or a Committee and how can I take part?

Are your interested in becoming part of the GLOBALG.A.P. Community? Then we have the perfect solution for you: GLOBALG.A.P. Membership. Read more about the benefits at www.globalgap.org/membership. For an overview of the costs, click here.

We’ve also set up a special program, called the GLOBALG.A.P. Rewards for Industry Program (GRIP), to reward those GLOBALG.A.P. community members who are contributing their time and effort by working in one of our committees or National Technical Working Groups (NTWGs). To learn more and join the program, go to www.globalgap.org/grip.

10. As a consumer, where can I find relevant information?

Solely aquaculture products that come from GLOBALG.A.P. certified farms are labeled with the GGN consumer logo. Find all information about GGN.org here.

11. Where can I find instructions on the GLOBALG.A.P. logo use?

You can find information on this topic in the General Regulations Part I - General Requirements, Annex I (p. 22 ff.) To download, click here (1.3 MB, also available in our Document Centre).

 
12. What marketing strategies can producers and retailers apply with GLOBALG.A.P. Certification?
  • Publish your certificate and the GLOBALG.A.P. Number (GGN) on your company website.
  • Publish your GLOBALG.A.P. Number (GGN) on your business cards, brochures, e-mail signature (only b2b level), etc.
  • Talk about your commitment and certification on your website, newsletter, blogs, social media.
  • Share your success story with us and we will promote it through our various channels (Farmers’ Success Stories, newsletter, social media, Photo Campaign, G.A.P. Awards).
  • Become a GLOBALG.A.P. Member and be part of the GLOBALG.A.P. Community. Find out how you can help us shape the future of GLOBALG.A.P. Certification at www.globalgap.org/membership.
13. Who can I contact in case of complaints or any further questions?

Please choose the adequate contact from our team list or use the complaint form here.

14. Where can I download GLOBALG.A.P.’s electronic resources, regulations and checklists?

All public documents can be found in our Document Center.

Photos and videos from past events are available in our media center.

GAP in Action posters can be found and downloaded at www.gapinaction.org.