Hop Hop


In collaboration with the Hop Growers of America (HGA), merchants, processors, and brewer customers around the world, GLOBALG.A.P. delivers a standard to specifically address the unique farm-level needs of hop growers.

The Hop module is part of the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard, which covers food safety, traceability, workers’ health and safety, and natural resource management – all within a single standard. The Hop module specifically covers: traceability, workers’ health and safety, propagation material, soil management, pre-harvest evaluation, and harvest and post-harvest activities tailored to hop production.

Producers supplying hop cones solely for brewing of beer must comply with the requirements as set out in the standard’s All Farm Base, Crops Base, and Hop modules. In cases where producers also supply the fresh market with hop shoots, they must additionally comply with the Fruit and Vegetables module. 

The IFA standard for Hop v5.3 is benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and accepted by global brands and retailers who seek GFSI-certified sources.

A Guide to Our Documents

  • The GLOBALG.A.P. checklist is the document needed by a producer to complete the self-assessment.
  • The control points and compliance criteria (CPCCs) list all points covered by the standard and give additional guidelines for fulfilling the requirements.
  • The general regulations define how the certification process works and list the requirements for quality management systems and related issues.
  • National interpretation guidelines (NIGs) clarify how the CPCCs have been adapted to the legal and regulatory environment of a specific country. Please check if there is a NIG for your country. If there is, it must be used during assessment.

Benefits of GLOBALG.A.P. IFA certification for Hop

  • Independent third-party verification of responsible production practices
  • Accepted by local and global markets, suppliers, and retailers
  • Meet compliance expectations with export market requirements, particularly regarding MRLs and harmonization of sanitary/phytosanitary standards
  • Demonstrated compliance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Reduced exposure to food safety and product safety reputational risks
  • Fertilizer, pesticide, and water management strategies and record-keeping support farm efficiency
  • Integrated pest management prerequisites supporting long-term sustainability
  • Food safety practices specific to hop production: dry cleaning and focus on physical contamination
  • Targeted approach to workers’ health and safety: equipment and machinery, dryers, noise, temperature, operating hours
  • Quality performance and consistency through finished product specifications
  • Designed by industry – for industry, with a continued effort to collaborate on hop industry resources, such as HGA’s Good Bines Platform