The new Version 5 of GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Certification has been compared in detail with the Aquaculture VietGAP Standard Version 2.

One of the great values of GLOBALG.A.P. is the principle of collaboration as the most important way to achieve common goals with regard to sustainable farming. During the year 2015, joint efforts were invested in working on a detailed comparison of standard contents between VietGAP Aquaculture Standard Version 2 and the GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard Version 5. The document is publicly available and intends to show in a transparent manner the comparison of the standards. Klick here to download the document.

The target of this document is to show transparency to the market and facilitate interpretation to farmers willing to move from VietGAP to GLOBALG.A.P. Certification, e.g. to evaluate what is needed for future steps.

Following the Declaration of Abu Dhabi

Both GLOBALG.A.P. and The Directory of Fisheries from the Government of Vietnam are founding signatories of the Declaration of Abu Dhabi. This global collaboration unites public and private partners committed to developing a common set of criteria for safe and sustainable agricultural practices along with supporting unique farm identification and harmonized reporting systems.

As Declaration signatories, both VietGAP and GLOBALG.A.P. are pilot participants for a new feature in the Standards Map of the International Trade Center (ITC). It will support recognition of criteria between standards, ultimately generating combined checklists as well as identifying a set of the most commonly recognized GAP criteria. VietGAP Aquaculture Standard Version 2 and GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard Version 5 are soon to be visible at, demonstrating in a transparent manner commonalities established between both standards.

This illustrates the close relationship between the government of Vietnam and GLOBALG.A.P. in an effort to support sustainable practices for the aquaculture sector.

About VietGAP Aquaculture Standard Version 2

For the purpose of sustainable aquaculture development and product quality improvement, the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has developed the Vietnam Good Aquaculture Practice (VietGAP) based on FAO technical guidelines on aquaculture certification. VietGAP regulates the principles and requirements to be applied in aquaculture to ensure: i) compliance with involved legal regulations of the Vietnam government; ii) food safety by implementing appropriate measures to control the quality of input materials, water and sanitary issues. Producers should only purchase feed, seeds, drugs and chemicals as well as pro-biotic products from providers who are certified by the MARD; iii) aquatic animal welfare by optimizing health conditions through minimizing stress, reducing aquatic animal disease risks and maintaining a healthy culture environment at all phases of the production cycle; iv) environmental integrity by addressing the impacts of aquaculture farm operation on the environment; v) economic and social aspects by ensuring the rights, benefits, health and safety of workers as well as community issues; and vi) traceability by recording and keeping dossiers.

VietGAP certification bodies are the third party accredited in accordance with ISO17065 for quality management systems and ISO19011 for auditors. There are currently several main aquatic species in Vietnam certified under this system, covering shrimp, pangasius and tilapia. VietGAP is a nationally recognized standard for sustainable aquaculture production. The country plans the application and certification of 80% of intensive and semi-intensive aquaculture farms by 2020.

About GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Version 5

Now with full coverage of the FAO Technical Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification: i) Food safety: GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard is the only system recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative – GFSI at farm level. ii) Environment: all impacts are addressed including the need for a compulsory Environmental Impact Assessment; protected areas continue to be a strength of the standard. iii) Animal welfare: innovative new criteria in detail have been provided to support farmers in implementing animal welfare practices after consultation with aquatic NGOs and the scientific community. As aquaculture is a relatively new activity for humans at a commercial level, animal welfare criteria will support a reduction of unnecessary stress for the animals, a reduction of mortalities, a reduced need for medical treatments and a higher end product quality. vi) Social aspects: on top of the traditionally covered criteria on workers’ occupational health and safety and decent living conditions at farm level, GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practices has become a Major Must in Version 5.

GLOBALG.A.P. Certification operates under a third-party accredited certification system. To claim certified status at the point of sale, all stages of aquaculture production must be certified: feed, seedlings, farming, and Chain of Custody (CoC). CoC assures traceability and segregation of post-harvest activities, up to the point of sale for final consumers. Certification is linked to the scientific name of the product, thus supporting the prevention of mislabelling.

30 aquatic species are currently certified under this system in 35 countries worldwide, covering finfish, crustaceans and molluscs.

Cultivating the future of the planet: GLOBALG.A.P. is the internationally recognized standard for farm production with the goal of safe and sustainable agricultural and aquaculture production for the benefit of farmers, retailers and consumers throughout the world.