The Benchmarking Process: Harmonizing Integrity and Transparency all the Way

During the benchmarking process, GLOBALG.A.P.:

  • Verifies and evaluates the integrity of the applicant scheme or checklist against the GLOBALG.A.P. rules on food safety, environment, workers' health and safety,  animal welfare, etc. It conducts a document review where the applicant scheme or checklist is compared to the GLOBALG.A.P. normative documents. In addition to the document review, GLOBALG.A.P. offers its members the chance to participate in a peer review and so contribute their insights.
  • Validates for new applicants the applicant's normative documents and its implementation on-site in the field. GLOBALG.A.P. conducts an on-site assessment of a producer and where applicable the quality management system (QMS) of a producer group.
  • Conducts a benchmarking committee review.  Composed of independent experts representing the producer and retail/food service industries, the benchmarking committee finally recommends a recognition level for applicant schemes and checklists.

The result of the benchmarking process is the identification of convergences and divergences between GLOBALG.A.P. and the applicant certification system in the frame of the GLOBALG.A.P. System.

Download the documents necessary to initiate your benchmarking application. You can also submit your application via the Benchmarking Extranet.