GRASP v1.3-1-i Information for Producers

On 2 June 2020, GLOBALG.A.P. issued a new version of GRASP, GRASP v1.3-1-i, which will become mandatory on 1 October 2020 (depending on further evaluation of the COVID-19 pandemic by the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat).

Several changes from the previous version have been introduced and some rules have been clarified. Below you can find a summary of all relevant modifications so that you can prepare accordingly.

If you have any questions, please contact your certification body for details. You will find all technical details in the GRASP Technical News here.

I.  Change in the method of collecting evidence:

Employee interviews have been introduced, based on the concept of country risk classification as a core system of the application of GRASP.

Together with the GRASP Technical Committee, the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat has developed a methodology for all employee interviews conducted as part of GRASP assessments, including sampling rules and rules for minimum duration for interviews and document review. The application of the country risk classification requires the presence of employees on the day of the GRASP assessment in the following cases:

(1)  High-risk country
(2)  Medium-risk country
(3)  Low-risk country: only if interviews are requested by the buyer or by the producer.

The list of countries is available on the GLOBALG.A.P. website.

II.       List of GRASP modifications of the rules and control points:

 

Topic of interest

What is new?

Check the GRASP Technical News in the following section

Subcontractor

Further explanations about subcontractors and their obligations following GRASP

2.1.1. Assessing subcontractor compliance (addition to General Rules, chapter 5.2.1)

Product handling units (PHU)

GRASP cannot be applied to only handling units or to only producer groups’ own production. 

4.2 Production vs. product handling units (clarification of General Rules, chapter 5.2.3.d)

CP 1 Alternative methods of employees’ representation

New rules of employees’ representation allow alternative ways of implementation. Companies with fewer than 5 employees shall also apply the rule.

8.1. Control point 1: Employees’ representation:
Clarification 1: Alternative ways of representation

CP 1 Employees’ representation on group member level

Employees’ representation shall also be implemented in producer members’ operations with fewer than 5 employees.

8.1 Control point 1: Employees’ representation:
Clarification 2: Producer group member representation

CP 1 Option 1 without QMS

Employees’ representation in Option 1 without QMS is available for employees on all sites.

8.1 Control point 1: Employees’ representation:
Clarification 3: In Option 1 multisite operations without QMS

CP 5 Working contracts

Terms of employment shall be provided to employees according to national legislation and/or national interpretation guideline (NIG), and evidence shall be available of both the availability of the terms and their communication to the employees.

8.2 Control point 5: Working contracts

CP 7 Minimum wage

Evidence of wages shall be available, with any reference that indicates compliance with the national law.

8.3 CP 7: Minimum wage

CP 10, CP 11 Methods to monitor

Explanation of alternative methods to monitor working hours

8.5 Control points 10 Working hours, CP 11: Time records

Option 1 self-assessments

Self-assessments become mandatory for Option 1.

3.1 Self-assessment (modification of General Rules, chapter 5.1)

Group members in GRASP

All group members, without exception, shall now be included in GRASP assessments.

4.1 Scope of the group certification (modification to General Rules, chapter 5.2.3 d, h)

CP 8, CP 9 Minors on the farm

All children on farm premises (including those of management) shall be included in the GRASP assessment.

8.4 Control point 8, 9.1: Minors and compulsory school education

Option 1 multisite: Adding new sites

New GRASP assessment is required when a new site is added in an Option 1 multisite.

3.5 Adding new sites (addition to General Rules, chapters 3.1 and 5.2.2)