The GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Groups (NTWG)
Think Global, Act Local
That’s the philosophy at the heart of GLOBALG.A.P.’s activities.
And that’s why GLOBALG.A.P. members have set up National Technical Working Groups (NTWGs) in several countries to help adopt GLOBALG.A.P.’s universal standard on a local scale. 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.
The working groups are also a valuable source of qualified information for GLOBALG.A.P. 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.
NTWG Main Activities and Duties
GLOBALG.A.P. NTWG’s main activities and duties are:
The NTWG shall provide assistance with translation/proofreading of the official GLOBALG.A.P. documents into the languages used in the country where the NTWG is based (when requested by FoodPLUS).
The NTWG host shall provide regularly updated information of name, company and email addresses of all NTWG members to email@example.com.
The NTWG host organization shall organize a minimum of two meetings per year.
The NTWG host shall inform the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat on a regular basis about relevant issues and provide minutes of meetings or upload them to the NTWG Extranet.
The NTWG shall develop national interpretation guidelines (NIG) or GRASP Guidelines in national language and English.
The NTWG shall support the GLOBALG.A.P. Committees with proposals for revision of the protocols. Any proposal for revision of the GLOBALG.A.P. documents is forwarded to the Secretariat and then presented to the Committees.
The NTWG shall participate in the peer review processes of benchmarking/recognition activities of schemes operating within their country, when requested by FoodPLUS.