Introducing the GLOBALG.A.P. Committee Structure
GLOBALG.A.P. Certification is built on the work and expert contribution of many stakeholders from several sectors of the industry.
public call for participation in the Technical Committees for the next term was
12 October to 6 November 2015. Find out more
They take part in the GLOBALG.A.P. standard development process in one of the various GLOBALG.A.P. Committees set up to facilitate participation and involvement.
The revision process leading to the publication of the Integrated Farm Assurance Standard Version 5 was a success largely due to the work of stakeholders in our committees. Moreover, this last revision process gave us additional valuable insights into how we can improve our development processes.
As a result, we have now revised our overall committee structure with a clear objective to raise our level of global engagement and efficiency.
GLOBALG.A.P. has five main
Crops, Aquaculture, Livestock, GRASP and Systems & Rules.
Elections for the Crops TC and the GRASP TC producer/supplier members were open from 16 November to 4 December 2015.
Read below about the work of the committees and the new structure.
What do they do?
They are responsible for developing and defining the standard criteria, called Control Points and Compliance Criteria. They also define the cornerstone of the rules, called GLOBALG.A.P. General Regulations, which establish clear criteria for the successful implementation and verification of the standards.
The role of the Technical Committees (TCs) is to maintain the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Standards V5, Systems & Rules V5, and GRASP, respectively.
- Maintain the Standards
- Review scope related communication
- Decide on sector related technical interpretation of the Integrated Farm Assurance Standard V5, Crops for Processing, HPSS, GRASP and Systems & Rules.
- Participate in the peer review of National Interpretation Guidelines submitted by the National Technical Working Groups, thereby ensuring harmonized interpretation and proposing adoption.
- Advise the GLOBALG.A.P. Board in a technical capacity when called upon.
- Participate in Focus Groups as the need arises.
- Review the work of related Focus Groups before publication. Each proposal from a Focus Group that is not accepted by a TC shall be brought to the GLOBALG.A.P. Board, accompanied by clear and objective justifications of TC decisions.
Who are they?
The GLOBALG.A.P. Technical Committees are the backbone of GLOBALG.A.P. Certification. They are made up of industry experts from the entire supply chain.
They firmly believe that GLOBALG.A.P. is a worldwide partnership for safe and sustainable agriculture and this drives their commitment and dedication.
GLOBALG.A.P. retail/food service and producer/trader members can apply for membership in the Technical Committees or can be nominated. They need to have knowledge and expertise of the relevant topic.
The committees supported and guided by the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat will work mostly independently from the Board and be responsible for technical decisions. However, the Board needs to finally approve any normative documents developed, revised, and/or recommended by the committees.
GLOBALG.A.P. has five main Technical Committees:
- Systems & Rules
Crops and Aquaculture TC: Consists of 7 retail/food service members and 7 producer/trader members for each committee
GRASP and Livestock TC: Consists of 5 retail/food service members and 5 producer/trader members for each committee
Systems & Rules TC: Consists of 3 retail/food service members and 3 producer/trader members
The producer/trader and retailer/food service members represent, with a minimum of one expert, the following regions: North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.