Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) v6 at a glance

Through four public consultation periods, starting in May 2020 and encompassing almost 700 participants in 120 World Consultation Tour webinars conducted in 15 languages, we received over 4,000 comments on the IFA v6 documents. The third consultation round also included field trials in seven different countries to test the standard on the ground.

 After successful revision by the technical committees, the final standard documents were approved by the GLOBALG.A.P. Advisory Board in October 2021.

  • New and improved IFA standard available in two parallel editions: Our flagship IFA v6 Smart appropriate for the majority of producers, and IFA v6 GFS for those who require GFSI recognition  
  • Smarter, risk-based checklists with integrated add-ons
  • Movement towards an outcome-oriented, impact-driven approach
  • Simplified benchmarking options
  • Complete audit reports generated by Audit Online Hub in a paperless, uniform design
  • Enhanced integrity through uniform certificate templates available in real time with the Validation Service
  • Mandatory continuous improvement plans at producer level
  • New and updated sustainability criteria on topics such as plastics, waste, carbon neutrality, deforestation, and animal welfare

For a detailed explanation of the two editions, changes to the standard, the new terminology, and all relevant FAQs, see the documents listed in the downloads section.

Entering the smart era

Over the last two years, GLOBALG.A.P. has been coordinating the revision of its flagship IFA standard as well as other GLOBALG.A.P. rules, standards, and systems. Over the course of the revision process, it became clear that this included much more than just a new version of the IFA standard.

As a result, we developed our new vision – Smart farm assurance solutions. This will be spearheaded by the launch of IFA v6 in April 2022 and then progressively deployed over time.

Click here to find out more about our approach and why now is the time for our solutions to enter the smart era.


IFA v6: What’s new?
A high-level overview of changes and updates to the standard

FAQs: IFA v6 in the smart era
Detailed answers to key questions on the new standard and vision

Guide to IFA v6 terminology
A glossary of defined terms associated with the new standard

IFA v6 timeline
How we got here and where we are going in the future


Public consultations and field trials
How our stakeholders influence standard development

Smart farm assurance solutions
Our vision for a smarter future