First formed ten years ago in 2009, the Integrity Surveillance Committee (ISC) is an independent body that makes the final decision on a certification body’s approval status. The ISC plays a key role in the GLOBALG.A.P. Certification Integrity Program (CIPRO), which monitors and evaluates the performance of the GLOBALG.A.P. approved certification bodies (CB). It reviews any deviations from the General Regulations and Control Points and Compliance Criteria found by CIPRO auditors, reviewing cases anonymously. It then defines corrective measures and proposes sanctions to be enforced by the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat.

High commitment of ISC members

ISC members are industry experts with a legal background who are appointed by the Board to work independently and meet at least three times a year. The individual commitment of each ISC members is significant; the committee work is done on a purely voluntary basis and takes up a lot of time, including travel requirements. Members are highly involved in the CB review process and have to understand possible root causes and keep their decisions fair and impartial. Most committee actions are decided by consensus.

ISC members contribute significantly to the reputation of the GLOBALG.A.P. brand’s claim to ensuring traceability and food safety as well as sustainability and workers’ health and safety – and the credibility of the certification system itself. Read more on the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrity Program here.

The 26 th overall ISC meeting

The 26 th overall ISC meeting took place on 02 April 2019. Five active members currently form the ISC: two representatives of the retail sectors, two from the producer sector, and a Chairman with a background in accreditation. To date, the ISC has reviewed the performance of 100 certification bodies and issued the following sanctions:

  1. First warning: 60 times
  2. Second warning: 49 times
  3. Yellow card: 46 times
  4. Red card: 5 times
  5. CB cancellation: 2 times
  6. CIPRO CB office audit: 208.5 days
  7. CIPRO producer re-assessment: 778 days

On four occasions, sanctioned certification bodies have decided to stop offering GLOBALG.A.P. certification. In other cases, the ISC has requested retraining of inspectors, auditors, or in-house trainers. In more severe cases, it has barred specific inspectors or auditors from performing GLOBALG.A.P. certification duties or blocked entire certification bodies from further GLOBALG.A.P. certification activities for a certain period.

The ISC members

Current members of the committee have diverse background and a vast working experience that enrich the decision-making process and support GLOBALG.A.P. for a continuous improving process.

Member

Role

Country

Company

Involved with ISC

Peter Scheffeldt

Chairman

Switzerland

Independent – Former Accreditation Body member

7 years

Bruno Magalló

Producer representative

Spain

AMC Spain Fresh & Natural Foods

10 years

Stefan Kunze

Producer representative

Austria

Agrarmarkt Austria Marketing GesmbH

4 years

Clare Rapa-Marley

Retailer representative

United Kingdom

Tesco UK

4 years

Anabel Penela

Retailer representative

United Kingdom

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd

First year

Former ISC members that have also contributed:

  • Nick Ball         
  • Matthias Brommer
  • Alessandro Fornari
  • Aldin Hilbrands
  • Jan Kranghand
  • Xiande Liu
  • Miroslaw Maziarka
  • Fons Schmidt

Photo: GLOBALG.A.P.:
from left to right, Bruno Magalló, Anabel Penela, Peter Scheffeldt, Clare Rapa-Marley, Stefan Kunze