The GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat is pleased to announce the publication of the new Version 5 Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard that consists of:

1.    Final Version 5 of the Chain of Custody Control Points and Compliance Criteria (CPCC)
2.    Final Version 5 of the Chain of Custody General Regulations
3.    Final Version 5 of the Chain of Custody Checklist

The normative documents are available free of charge on the GLOBALG.A.P. website - see under documents.

The Chain of Custody Standard
The GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Standard has become the main assurance standard on-farm. Certified producers and producer groups are controlled by more than 140 accredited Certification Bodies.  The pre-farm gate control system is robust. GLOBALG.A.P. has now developed a system for full supply chain control: from producer up till the retail distribution centre. Therefore, we have established a Stakeholder Committee to revise the GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody Standard.
GLOBALG.A.P. has already one Chain of Custody Standard. The previous (Version 4) Chain of Custody Standard was primarily developed for aquaculture. It was created for aquaculture’s first slaughter and processing point after the aquaculture farm.
The new Chain of Custody Standard will broaden its scope as well as its applicability: it will cover all crops, livestock and aquaculture and the producers, packers, wholesalers, distributors, processors, brokers and retail distribution centers.

The new Chain of Custody Standard will:
- ensure that GLOBALG.A.P. IFA certified products are not mixed (with non-certified products) and those declared to be GLOBALG.A.P. IFA certified are indeed certified,
- cover the whole chain,
- cover crops, livestock, aquaculture,
- not cover any food safety, but traceability and mass balance points.
 
The Three Basic Chain of Custody Requirements:
1.     The CoC certified company checks the incoming product’s GLOBALG.A.P. status. This can be checking the validity of the supplying producer’s IFA Certificate or another company’s CoC Certificate.
2.     Segregation, traceability and mass balance within the company.
3.     Labeling the product with the CoC Number of the certified company (we keep the GLOBALG.A.P. Number (GGN) for farms only) and identify the certified products on the transaction documents.
 
Development
The new Chain of Custody Standard was developed by the Chain of Custody Stakeholder Committee in consultation with the GLOBALG.A.P. Technical Committees and approved by the GLOBALG.A.P. Board. The draft Version 5 Standard went through a public consultation period in September 2014. Trial audits were carried out in Spain, South Africa and in the Netherlands. All comments were processed and the feedback has been provided to the submitting parties.

It is important to emphasize that this GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody Standard –on its own – shall be used in the absence of an existing GFSI recognized post farm gate standard. Where the company is certified for a GFSI recognized post farm gate standard (e.g.: IFS, BRC, etc.), this GLOBALG.A.P. CoC Standard shall be inspected in a combined audit and used as a complementary module.

In case you have further questions about the GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody Standard or you want to become an approved Certification Body or you want get Chain of Custody certified, please contact us for further information at standard@globalgap.org.