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The GLOBALG.A.P. Compound Feed Manufacturing Standard (CFM)

Safe and suitable nutrition is vital for animal health and welfare and forms an integral part of the food chain.

Compound feed therefore plays a key role in ensuring feed and food safety along the entire livestock and aquaculture supply chain. From the production and sourcing of raw materials to their processing for quality-assured compound feed, the issue has become a major consumer concern.

Version 3.1 of the Compound Feed Manufacturing (CFM) standard, finalized in December 2022, features expanded environmental and social governance criteria that places a more rigorous focus on sustainability, responsible sourcing of critical compounds such as soy and fish meal and fish oil and workers' wellbeing. 

What does the CFM standard cover?

The CFM standard defines the Control Points and Compliance Criteria (CPCC) for quality assurance in the production, supply, and purchase of raw materials destined as feed ingredients for compound feed. It covers all the production steps, from the purchase, handling, and storage of ingredients to the processing and distribution of finished compound feed.

The standard covers commercial compound feed for food-producing animals that are covered by the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standards for livestock and aquaculture only.

Compound feed manufacturers who supply livestock and aquaculture producers certified to the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA standard must have CFM certification. Livestock and aquaculture producers that are certified to IFA are required to source their feed from compound feed manufacturers that have CFM certification or a benchmarked equivalent.

Producers of livestock and aquaculture that qualify for being home-compounders do not require additional CFM certification.

These home-compounded feeds which do not leave the farm where they are produced are not under the scope of the CFM. Producers who prepare home-mixes must follow criteria already outlined in the respective livestock or aquaculture standards.

What’s new in version 3.1?

The CFM Focus Group reviewed the standard and agreed that an update was required to comply with the latest legislative requirements as well as aquaculture, livestock, and feed industry needs. It is relevant for the IFA standard for livestock and aquaculture, where producers must demonstrate that they source compound feed from certified manufacturers.

A summary of the changes can be found in the CFM v3.1 checklist.

V3.1 will become obligatory from 1 January 2024.

  • Revised structure, containing mandatory and voluntary sections.
  • Sections A, B, and D are the core content of the CFM standard and are mandatory for all manufacturers seeking GLOBALG.A.P. certification:
    • A) Feed Safety, Traceability, and Responsible Sourcing
    • B) Workers’ Competence, Health, Safety, and Welfare
    • D) Guidelines
  • Section C (Additional Environmental and Social Governance) can be customized as a whole or by sub-section. If a compound feed manufacturer opts to customize section C, or parts of it, then this shall be indicated on the certificate as a specific product attribute. The General Regulations were adapted to explain these changes.
  • Raising the bar in compound feed manufacturing by increasing the total number of CPCC from 209 in CFM v2.2 to 264 in CFM v3.1. This rise is also due to detailing criteria for the responsible sourcing of feed materials, in particular soy, palm oil, and fish  meal/fish oil, as well as defining the percentages of these materials that shall be included in the final product to achieve compliance.
  • Updated content on additional environmental and social governance points. This includes new sustainability criteria on environmental permits, fair operating practices, manufacturing processes (energy, emissions, water, waste, and effluents), labor practices and local community engagement.

CFM v3.0 to v3.1

Based on the feedback on CFM v3 (launched December 2021), the CFM focus group decided that a slight update was needed to make the general rules more practical and to include some further minor points. Version 3.1 was therefore developed and launched in December 2022. Producers will transition from v2.2 directly to v3.1. 


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Compound Feed Manufacturing Standard Documents

About Compound Feed Manufacturing version v3.1

How can I find a certified compound feed manufacturer?

You can search for a certified compound feed manufacturer in the GLOBALG.A.P. database, for example, with a specific GGN (GLOBALG.A.P. Number) or via a country/product/standard combination. Please note that in this case, you must choose a country before other search filters (e.g., Country: Vietnam, Product: Compound Feed for Aquaculture, Standard: GLOBALG.A.P. Compound Feed Manufacturing).

GLOBALG.A.P. also benchmarks existing CFM standards and established assurance systems of compound feed manufacturers. The GLOBALG.A.P. CFM standard serves as a reference that compound feed manufacturers and compound feed manufacturer assurance schemes can use to demonstrate their compliance with GLOBALG.A.P. requirements. In turn, it helps livestock and aquaculture producers find reliable and assured sources for their compound feed requirements. 

A guide to relevant documents

All documents related to CFM are published in the GLOBALG.A.P. Document Center.

Please refer to the GLOBALG.A.P. fee table for a guide to the CFM standard fees.

  • The GLOBALG.A.P. Checklist is the document you need to complete your self-assessment.
  • The CPCC document lists everything that is covered under the standard you have selected and gives additional guidelines on how to fulfill the requirements.
  • The General Rules document defines how the certification process works and lists the requirements for quality management systems and related issues.