Frequently Asked Questions

About localg.a.p.

Why should I do localg.a.p. ?

It is a stepping-stone to GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Certification. It is a cost effective solution for emerging markets.

Can I go back to a localg.a.p. level if I already had GLOBALG.A.P. (Integrated Farm Assurance or Produce Safety Standard) Certification?

No, it is not possible to go back once certified.

How many levels are there in the localg.a.p. program?

GLOBALG.A.P. has set up 2 levels: Foundation and Intermediate level. It is possible that a program owner may set up more levels and even have an add-on for Control Points outside of the scope of the Integrated Farm Assurance Standard (e.g. quality, commodity specific items, etc.) which may remain as an add-on once the producer moves on to the certified level.

Can I stay at one of the localg.a.p. levels indefinitely?

No, it not possible to stay at one of these levels indefinitely. Irrespective of how many levels a program owner has introduced, a producer must move on to certification in 5 years.

Exceptions to this 5-year rule must be approved by the GLOBALG.A.P. Board on a case-by-case basis.

What are the main differences between localg.a.p. and GLOBALG.A.P.?
  • localg.a.p. is an assessment (not certification)
  • A producer will receive a localg.a.p. Number (LGN) to distinguish localg.a.p. producers from certified producers who receive a GLOBALG.A.P. Number (GGN).
  • The localg.a.p. program is a subset of the Integrated Farm Assurance Standard
  • 2nd or 3rd parties can conduct assessments.
Can I prepare for any of the localg.a.p. program I find on the GLOBALG.A.P. website?

No. Every localg.a.p. program has a program owner that signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat.

Implementation of a localg.a.p. program is market and customer related and producers’ assessment reports and results are only visible to their customers requesting the localg.a.p. program. A producer can join a localg.a.p. program only if one of his/her customers is a program owner and requests it.

Who can be a Program Owner?

Program Owners must be GLOBALG.A.P. members.

They can be retailers, manufacturers, cooperatives, traders – anybody who creates a local market.

Who sets the rules for a localg.a.p. program?

GLOBALG.A.P. has developed a template with the basic requirements and the Program Owner will specify the rules within these. Rules to be specified include the actual content of the levels, which levels are available, who may conduct the inspections, how long a producer can stay at one level, etc.

What is the difference between localg.a.p. and the GFSI Global Markets program?

The GFSI Global Markets program is generic and a producer that moves on to certification needs to choose one of the GFSI recognized primary production standards. By implementing localg.a.p. a producer naturally progresses to GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (or Produce Safety Standard) Certification. The producer knows the standard language and requirements.

Who can conduct the localg.a.p. assessments?

The Program Owner has the option to decide who can conduct the localg.a.p. assessments. It can either be a Certification Body that is already approved for GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Standard, or it can be a Verification Body, or both.

What is a Verification Body?

A Verification Body (VB) is a GLOBALG.A.P. Licensed Farm Assurer that have signed a Farm Assurer License agreement with GLOBALG.A.P, acquired the rights from producers to upload and/or register these producer activities in the GLOBALG.A.P Database and can conduct localg.a.p. assessments, if allowed by the localg.a.p. Program Owner.

What is the difference between a Farm Assurer and Verification Body?

Licensed Farm Assurers are companies / individuals that train / consult producers on the localg.a.p. program or GLOBALG.A.P. Standards. Verification Bodies are licensed Farm Assurers that can enter data in the GLOBALG.A.P. Database and perform localg.a.p. assessments.

Why was a Version 2 of the localg.a.p. program introduced?

Version 2 of the localg.a.p. program is in line with Version 5 of the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Standard. New localg.a.p. programs will have to use Version 2.

Can an existing localg.a.p. program (Version 1) be upgraded to Version 2 while still in the process towards certification?

Yes, the Program Owner can decide how he wants to proceed. The change-over of Version 1 to Version 2 of the localg.a.p. program is not difficult. The Program Owner may decide to stay on Version 1. In such cases when the producer is due for certification, it has to be against the latest version (e.g currently Version 5) of GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Standard.

Can the localg.a.p. logo be displayed on the final products?

The use of the localg.a.p. logo is similar as the use of the GLOBALG.A.P. trademark and logo – it cannot be used on the final product visible to the end consumer.

Which products are covered as part of the localg.a.p. assessment?

Products included for a localg.a.p. assessment is exactly the same as for the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Standards. Always check the latest GLOBALG.A.P. product list to see which products are covered.

What is the difference between the localg.a.p. ready-to-use solution and the localg.a.p. customized solution?

The ready-to-use solution is when the Program Owner decides to use the localg.a.p. CPCCs and Checklists as they are provided by GLOBALG.A.P. They are available in the GLOBALG.A.P. document center. The Program Owner would still have the option to customize some elements (e.g. amount of levels, number of years towards certification, who can conduct the assessments, available options, etc.) by completing the customization checklist.  

In cases where the Program owner wants to add more control points (e.g. Add-on), change some of the levels (e.g. make some Major Musts Minor Musts), remove some control points, add more than the two levels, etc. it will be known as a customized solution. A customization checklist must still be completed. Also additional costs may apply in case of a customized solution.