The ongoing crisis in Ukraine is causing concern in the international community, and the potential impact of this situation on GLOBALG.A.P. services and programs cannot be dismissed. GLOBALG.A.P. and its members stand for democracy and partnership. Therefore, GLOBALG.A.P. strongly condemns Russia's invasion of Ukraine as a clear violation of international law. Our organization stands firmly with the Ukrainian people. 

With respect to the many Russian citizens who share our opinion, and also considering that there is currently no general embargo on Russia, we will refrain from withdrawing or suspending already issued certificates or certification body activities in Russia.  

We will continue to keep a close eye on developments, requirements, and EU sanctions, and reserve the right to refuse future requests from Russian and Belarusian applicants to become GLOBALG.A.P. approved certification bodies and from Russian and Belarusian entities to join the GLOBALG.A.P. member community.   

GLOBALG.A.P. stands with the certified Ukrainian producers, offering them the possibility to activate the emergency procedure for certificate validity extension for a maximum period of six months.

In addition, the certification bodies that are not able to conduct an on-site inspection/audit due to the current official travel restrictions and state of emergency circumstances (“force majeure”) in Ukraine, may conduct the inspection/audit remotely following the GLOBALG.A.P. Remote Procedure. This was introduced as a response to the coronavirus crisis and has been active since May 2020. The GLOBALG.A.P. Remote Procedure solution is applicable to the majority of GLOBALG.A.P. standards and add-ons, with the exception of GFSI-recognized editions.

GLOBALG.A.P. will continue to communicate updates on this topic and remains available to respond to questions or concerns. 

In the meantime, we call for peace.