A Modular Approach to Integrated Farm Assurance

The GLOBALG.A.P. Certificate, also known as the Integrated Farm Assurance Standard (IFA), covers Good Agricultural Practices for agriculture, aquaculture, livestock and horticulture production. It also covers additional aspects of the food production and supply chain such as Chain of Custody and Compound Feed Manufacturing.

The IFA standard was revised through an extensive stakeholder involvement and consultation process and V5 was published in July 2015 with one year conversion period. This means that the V5 became obligatory in 2016. The version has undergone several updates to keep in line with changes in industry as well as to maintain the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognition for Aquaculture, Hop and Fruit & Vegetables. In February 2020 GLOBALG.A.P. has introduced v5.3-GFS. This version will be the IFA standard that has GFSI recognition. Here you can find out more about this option and the differences. If you are not sure which version to use, please contact standard_support@globalgap.org

The GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Standard V5 is built on a system of modules that enables producers to get certified for several sub-scopes in one audit. It consists of:

  • General Regulations: These map out the criteria for successful CPCC implementation as well as set guidelines for the verification and the regulation of the standard.
  • Control Points and Compliance Criteria (CPCC): These clearly define the requirements for achieving the quality standard required by GLOBALG.A.P.  

The Control Points and Compliance Criteria (CPCC) are also modular-based consisting of:

  • The All Farm Base Module: This is the foundation of all standards, and consists of all the requirements that all producers must first comply with to gain certification.
  • The Scope Module: This defines clear criteria based on the different food production sectors. GLOBALG.A.P. covers 3 scope s: Crops, Livestock and Aquaculture. 
  • The Sub-scope Module: These CPCC cover all the requirements for a particular product or different aspect of the food production and supply chain.

To get certified, producers must comply with all the CPCC relevant for their sub-scope. For example, a strawberry grower must comply with the All Farm Base CPCC, the Crops Standard CPCC and the Fruit & Vegetables CPCC to receive a GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Fruit & Vegetables Standard Certificate.

GLOBALG.A.P. also provides checklists for each module to help producers better prepare their farms and make the necessary changes before a certification body inspector performs an audit or inspection.

Certification Options: 

Option 1 (Single producer with or without an optional Quality Management System)

Option 2 (Multiple producers with a mandatory Quality Management System)