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IFA for Aquaculture

The IFA standard for aquaculture is a global standard for responsible farming practices that covers the entire production chain, from brood stock, seedlings, and compound feed to farming, harvesting, and transportation.

GLOBALG.A.P. standards for aquaculture have been operational for almost 20 years and are developed through extensive collaboration with stakeholders throughout the sector. IFA for aquaculture is the only aquaculture certification standard at farm level recognized by GFSI and the only aquaculture certification standard recognized by GSSI for all species of finfish, crustaceans, molluscs, and seaweed.

IFA v6 for aquaculture at a glance

  • Adopts a holistic approach that covers food safety, animal health and welfare, environmental sustainability and biodiversity, workers’ well-being, production processes, legal compliance, and traceability
  • Mandatory inclusion of the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP)
  • Requires sourcing of compound feed used at the aquatic farming and hatchery levels from compound feed manufacturers with GLOBALG.A.P. certified production processes
  • Covers all species of finfish, crustaceans, molluscs, and seaweed
  • Covers all types of aquaculture production systems with certification options for both individual producers and producer groups
  • Considers all four pillars of the FAO Technical Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification and the OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) Aquatic Animal Health Code
  • Supports increased efficiency and improved management of farm operations
  • Provides clarity on market requirements and acts as a practical manual for on-farm activities
  • Enables producers to demonstrate responsible farming practices and buyers to easily identify production that fulfills their requirements
  • Implements a farm-level continuous improvement plan that helps producers to analyze and enhance their operations
  • Opens the door to a range of GLOBALG.A.P. add-ons and supply chain solutions
  • Audited annually by accredited and independent third-party certification bodies, resulting in a certificate valid for one year

Editions and GFSI recognition

IFA v5.4-1-GFS has been successfully assessed against the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Benchmarking Requirements and achieved GFSI recognition for scope A2 Farming of Fish. It is the only aquaculture farming standard to have achieved this.

IFA for aquaculture has also been benchmarked against the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative's (GSSI) Global Benchmark Tool Version 1 and is recognized by the GSSI Steering Board. A seafood certification scheme is recognized after successfully completing the seven-step benchmark process.

IFA for aquaculture is currently available in three versions.  Click here to find out which version is applicable to your needs.

How it works

For more details about how the IFA standard works in practice, please see “About IFA v6 for aquaculture” in the download section, or  check our IFA homepage.

Your IFA documents

For IFA v6, you can  generate your required documents here.
For other IFA versions, you can find all the required documents in the  GLOBALG.A.P. document center.


FishChoice is a GLOBALG.A.P. Community Member and collaborator, providing an interactive platform that tailors the seafood sustainability information businesses need, and makes it accessible and actionable. A description of the FishChoice program  can be found here.

Latest news on the IFA standard for aquaculture


IFA v6
Discover what’s new in the latest revision

IFA homepage
The standard explained

GRASP add-on
GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice

Compound Feed Manufacturing standard
A standard for feed mills supplying aquaculture producers with GLOBALG.A.P. certified production processes

Chain of Custody standard
Ensuring supply chain transparency and product integrity from farm to retailer

GGN label for aquaculture
A consumer label for certified, responsible farming and transparency

Getting started

Five steps to certification
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Find a Registered Trainer
Get GLOBALG.A.P. expertise to support your audit preparations

Find a certification body
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IFA for aquaculture factsheet
A short overview of the IFA standard  (PDF) 

About IFA v6 for aquaculture
An in-depth look at GLOBALG.A.P.’s aquaculture solution, how it works, what it contains, costs and fees, and more  (PDF)

About GLOBALG.A.P. aquaculture certification
A short overview of GLOBALG.A.P. solutions for aquaculture  (PDF)

IFA v6 Smart/GFS – principles and criteria for aquaculture

IFA fees


GLOBALG.A.P. aquaculture certification video
Learn more about the standard and its benefits

News Date Category
GGN Label Awarded Top Quality Rating for Sustainable Aquaculture 30 June 2022 Aquaculture
We are Hailing a New Era - GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Standard for Aquaculture v6 31 May 2022 Aquaculture
GLOBALG.A.P. at Seafood Expo Global 2022 27 April 2022 Aquaculture
Press Release
New GGN Label Launched at Spanish Retailer EROSKI 7 March 2022 Aquaculture
Fruit & Vegetables
Press Release
Farm Assurer Program Evolves into Registered Trainer Program 30 January 2022 Announcement
Farm Assurer
Flowers & Ornamentals
Fruit & Vegetables
Sustainability Takes Center Stage in New Version 3 of GLOBALG.A.P. Compound Feed Manufacturing Standard 30 January 2022 Aquaculture
Collaboration for Better Fish Welfare 31 August 2021 Aquaculture
“Cod” They Be Any Prouder? 31 August 2021 Aquaculture
New IFA Version Nears the Finish Line 2 August 2021 Aquaculture
Flowers & Ornamentals
Fruit & Vegetables
Unveiled at Last! The New GGN Label 29 April 2021 Aquaculture
Flowers & Ornamentals
Fruit & Vegetables
Spanish Supermarket Chain Eroski Promotes GGN Labeled Fish 6 October 2020 Aquaculture
Salmon-Safe Completes Successful Pilot Inspections 13 August 2020 Aquaculture
GLOBALG.A.P. Team at China Fisheries and Seafood Expo 26 November 2019 Aquaculture
News Update at Seafood Expo 2019. Three Years Of The Aquaculture Label GGN: Learnings, Challenges, and Trends 6 May 2019 Aquaculture
Press Release
GLOBALG.A.P. Meets Stakeholders in Australia 29 April 2019 Aquaculture