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IFA for Flowers and Ornamentals

The IFA standard for flowers and ornamentals is a global standard for responsible farming practices that covers all stages of production, from preharvest activities such as soil management and water use to plant protection, product application, and workers’ well-being.

GLOBALG.A.P. standards for flowers and ornamentals have been operational for almost 20 years and are developed through extensive collaboration with stakeholders throughout the sector. IFA for flowers and ornamentals is the original reference standard in the FSI GAP basket and is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

IFA v6 for flowers and ornamentals at a glance

  • Adopts a holistic approach that covers environmental sustainability and biodiversity, workers’ well-being, production processes, and traceability
  • 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
  • Features rigorous sustainability criteria on biodiversity, water, plastics, pest management, and more
  • Certification options for both individual producers and producer groups
  • Available for every type and size of farm, including smallholders
  • Covers a huge range of products and both covered and noncovered production systems
  • 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


IFA for flowers and ornamentals is currently available in two versions.  Click here to learn about the transition from version 5 to version 6.

How it works

For more details about how the IFA standard works in practice, please see “About IFA v6 for flowers and ornamentals” 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.

News on the IFA standard for flowers and ornamentals


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

About IFA v6 for flowers and ornamentals
A short overview of GLOBALG.A.P. solutions for flowers and ornamentals (PDF)

IFA v6 Smart – principles and criteria for flowers and ornamentals (PDF) 

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News Date Category
GLOBALG.A.P. Presented New Sustainable Solutions at IPM ESSEN 24 January 2023 Flowers & Ornamentals
Press Release
Ecuador’s Floral Chain Group Achieves GRASP Assessment 27 October 2022 Flowers & Ornamentals
GLOBALG.A.P. on Speakers' Corner Panel at IPM Summer Edition 28 July 2022 Flowers & Ornamentals
Farm Assurer Program Evolves into Registered Trainer Program 30 January 2022 Announcement
Farm Assurer
Flowers & Ornamentals
Fruit & Vegetables
IDA Makes It into FSI Basket 31 August 2021 Flowers & Ornamentals
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
GLOBALG.A.P. Floriculture Future Forum Draws a Bunch of Professionals 1 February 2021 Flowers & Ornamentals
Floriculture Future Forum by GLOBALG.A.P. 28 January 2021 Flowers & Ornamentals
Press Release
O Christmas Tree, O (GGN Labeled) Christmas Tree… 30 November 2020 Flowers & Ornamentals
Syngenta Blooms under GLOBALG.A.P. Certification 30 November 2020 Flowers & Ornamentals
New GLOBALG.A.P. Add-on Offers More Choice to Floriculture Producers 28 October 2020 Flowers & Ornamentals
Van Dijk Flora Becomes First Dutch Exporter of Flowers and Plants with GGN Label 22 February 2019 Flowers & Ornamentals