GLOBALG.A.P. - General FAQ

We have compiled several Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to guide you through the GLOBALG.A.P. system and website.

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1. What are the benefits of being GLOBALG.A.P. certified?

The majority of retailers in today’s markets require certain standards that ensure safe and sustainable agriculture, and GLOBALG.A.P. certification is highly regarded as a very reliable standard for demonstrating on-farm food safety and sustainability. So, by complying with the GLOBALG.A.P. control points and compliance criteria (CPCC), producers can sell their products both locally and globally. GLOBALG.A.P. certification thus offers producers a ticket to the global market. The GLOBALG.A.P. Standard is available for 3 scopes of production: crops, livestock, and aquaculture.

5 Advantages of GLOBALG.A.P. Certification

  1. Add value to your products by complying with a globally recognized standard.
  2. Gain access to new local and global customers, markets, suppliers, and retailers.
  3. Reduce your exposure to food safety and product safety reputational risks.
  4. Improve the efficiency of your farm processes and management.
  5. Get a GLOBALG.A.P. Number (GGN) for easy identification and traceability on a B2B level.

Watch our introductory video here.

2. As a producer, where can I find relevant information?

If you are a producer, please go to www.globalgap.org/forproducers to find out more about all our scopes, options (e.g. single producer or producer group), and add-ons (customized certification solutions).

Here is a video that explains producer group certification (Option 2).

3. How do I get certified? - 5 Steps to Certification

Great! Now that you have decided to get GLOBALG.A.P. certified, here is how you can do that. Simply follow the steps listed at www.globalgap.org/getcertified, and you are on your way!

You can find information on certification bodies that can conduct the required on-farm audits at www.globalgap.org/approvedcbs.

localg.a.p. serves as a stepping stone towards GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) certification. It is available in some countries for producers selling to specific retailers. Furthermore, it is a cost-effective solution for emerging markets that helps producers to gain gradual recognition by providing an entry level to GLOBALG.A.P. certification. Learn more at www.localgap.org.

4. What are the costs for GLOBALG.A.P. certification?

The costs for GLOBALG.A.P. certification consist of the following:

- Costs for implementing the standard: Each farm is unique, so depending on their specific situation, some farms may need to implement new policies, processes, and installations to comply with the standard.

- GLOBALG.A.P. registration fee: Charged by the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat via the certification bodies. Click here to see our newly designed fee table.

  • For producers farming crops, the GLOBALG.A.P. producer registration fee is charged per area (hectares) under production. GLOBALG.A.P. distinguishes between covered (glass house) and non-covered production.
  • For livestock and aquaculture producers, the fee is size-related to the tons of meat/product at point of slaughter.

- Service fees to the certification body: Costs for the audits (time, travel costs) and services provided by the independent certification body are negotiated directly between the producer and the certification body and depend on individual price policies, duration of the audit, travel costs, time needed for preparation, and follow-up. To find a list of all certification bodies, go to www.globalgap.org/approvedcbs.

Please note: Certificates are issued per product and are valid for 1 year.

5. How can I find a GLOBALG.A.P. consultant (Farm Assurer)?

Should you require further help with your process of getting GLOBALG.A.P. certified and complying with the CPCC, we highly recommend that you contact a GLOBALG.A.P. Farm Assurer. These expert consultants are qualified to conduct independent and approved GLOBALG.A.P. training to farmers. To learn more and find a Farm Assurer in your region, click here.

6. How can I become a GLOBALG.A.P. consultant (Farm Assurer)?

Farm Assurers are independent, on-site advisors and consultants who help producers navigate the steps necessary to implement Good Agricultural Practices and to obtain GLOBALG.A.P. certification. The program is open to businesses and organizations in the agriculture and aquaculture industries that offer consulting services to their clients. Learn more here.

7. As a buyer/ retailer, where can I find relevant information?

GLOBALG.A.P. is aware of how important it is for retailers to source products from certified production in their effort to have consistent and reliable access to quality foods as well as promote Good Agricultural Practices (G.A.P.) among their supplier base.

To find out about all our services for retailers, go to www.globalgap.org/forbuyers.

Learn more about how buyers can benefit from GLOBALG.A.P. certification at www.globalgap.org/buyerbenefit.

8. How do I source products from GLOBALG.A.P. certified production?

Many products from GLOBALG.A.P. certified production are labeled with a 13-digit GLOBALG.A.P. Number (GGN) that identifies each producer on a B2B level. All information on producers and their products and certification statuses is centrally stored in the GLOBALG.A.P. Database, offering the highest grade of transparency and integrity. You can search for producers with GLOBALG.A.P. certification or products from GLOBALG.A.P. certified production here.

We offer a bookmarking package for anyone who buys or sells products from GLOBALG.A.P. certified production. GLOBALG.A.P. Bookmarking is the easy way to record and monitor the certificate status of your producers. To register for bookmarking, click here. For further information on bookmarking, click here.

Learn how to upgrade your suppliers using the localg.a.p. program at www.localgap.org.

9. What are the benefits of being part of the GLOBALG.A.P. community or a committee and how can I take part?

Are you interested in becoming part of the GLOBALG.A.P. community? Then we have the perfect solution for you: the GLOBALG.A.P. membership. Read more about the benefits at www.globalgap.org/membership. For an overview of the costs, click here.

As a GLOBALG.A.P. member, you are also eligible to participate in our GLOBALG.A.P. Technical Committees. There are elections every four years to vote in new committee members. For more information, please contact committees@globalgap.org.

We also offer the possibility to join one of our various National Technical Working Groups (NTWGs). Please see the main benefits and more information here.

10. As a consumer, where can I find relevant information?

Solely aquaculture products from GLOBALG.A.P. certified production are labeled with the GGN consumer logo. Find all information about GGN.ORG here.

11. Where can I find instructions on the GLOBALG.A.P. logo use?

You can find information on this topic in Annex I of the “General Regulations Part I – General Requirements” (p. 21 ff.) To download this document, click here (1.3 MB, also available in our Document Center).

 

12. What marketing strategies can producers and retailers apply with GLOBALG.A.P. certification?
  • Publish your certificate and the GLOBALG.A.P. Number (GGN) on your company website.
  • Publish your GLOBALG.A.P. Number (GGN) on your business cards, brochures, e-mail signature (only B2B level), etc.
  • Talk about your commitment and certification on your website, newsletter, blogs, social media.
  • Share your success story with us and we will promote it through our various channels (farmers’ success stories, newsletter, social media, photo campaign, G.A.P. Awards).
  • Become a GLOBALG.A.P. member and be part of the GLOBALG.A.P. community. Find out how you can help us shape the future of GLOBALG.A.P. certification at www.globalgap.org/membership.
13. Who can I contact in case of complaints or any further questions?

Please see the contact page or choose the adequate contact from our team list.

For information on our complaints management click here. Complaints can be sent by e-mail to complaints@globalgap.org using the incident/complaint form (download here or use the online complaint form). The complaints management officer will contact you as soon as possible. All information given will be treated strictly confidential while we investigate the complaint.

14. Where can I download GLOBALG.A.P.’s electronic resources, regulations, and checklists?

All public documents can be found in our Document Center.

Photos and videos from past events are available in our media center.

GAP in Action posters can be found and downloaded at www.gapinaction.org.

15. Where can I find information on IFA Version 5.2?

Please navigate to www.globalgap.org/faqv5.2 for the FAQ on this topic.

16. How does the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard address sustainability at farm level?

The GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Standard for crops, aquaculture, and livestock production addresses environmental sustainability elements that are assessed by a technical auditor who also assesses the food safety elements. These elements include the development of a waste and pollution action plan, evaluating the impact of the farming activities on the environment, responsible use of water, and generally being mindful of unproductive sites and using energy efficiently.

See here how the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard helps farmers under GLOBALG.A.P. certification to meet some of the targets set in the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.

17. How does the GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard address sustainability at farm level?

The GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard covers the four pillars established by the FAO Technical Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification (i.e. food safety, environment, workers, animal welfare), including the entire production chain (i.e. hatchery, farm, feed, traceability after harvest). All resources needed to obtain safe farmed seafood are to be used sustainably, and the standard sets the respective guidelines.

18. How does the GLOBALG.A.P. Livestock Standard address sustainability at farm level?

The GLOBALG.A.P. Livestock Standard covers the five principles of sustainability established by the FAO: improve efficiency in the use of resources; take actions to conserve, protect, and enhance natural resources; protect and improve rural livelihoods, equity, and social well-being; enhance the resilience of people, communities, and ecosystems; implement responsible and effective management mechanisms. All resources needed to rear safe animals must be capable of being sustained, which is set out in the guidelines of the standard.

19. What does GLOBALG.A.P. itself do in the interest of sustainability?
  • Nearly all booths at trade fairs are built with sustainable material.
  • We aim to be completely paper free, which means not printing any promotional material, in the near future. We are already in the process of reducing printed materialin the near future.
  • Since 2017, we have offset the CO2 of all staff business trips.
20. What exactly is the Produce Safety Assurance standard?

The Produce Safety Assurance standard covers the food safety and traceability elements of the Integrated Farm Assurance standard for Fruit and Vegetables V5.2. It is a subset of the Integrated Farm Assurance standard comprising those points that were presented to the Global Food Safety Initiative recognition of the Integrated Farm Assurance standard for Fruit and Vegetables.

21. How does the Produce Safety Assurance standard differ from the Produce Safety Standard (PSS)?

The Produce Safety Assurance standard is an updated version of the PSS, based now on V5.2 of the Integrated Farm Assurance standard for Fruit and Vegetables. There is also no geographical limitation regarding implementation. The Produce Safety Assurance standard V5 is valid from 15 July 2019 and the PSS V4 is valid until 31 December 2019.

22. What is GRASP?

GRASP is a voluntary ready-to-use module designed to assess social practices on the farm. The requirements catalogue consists of 11 standardized requirements and one additional QMS requirement that address specific aspects of workers’ health, safety and welfare. GRASP is designed to extend the social standards of your GLOBALG.A.P. Certification.

23. Do I have to apply for GRASP – is this a mandatory Add-on?
  • GRASP does not form a mandatory part of the accredited GLOBALG.A.P. certification. GRASP is a voluntary Add-on module – however suppliers and/or retailers can decide to make GRASP their obligatory requirement.

I have a certificate of a benchmarked scheme (Option 3, Option 4), can I apply for a GRASP assessment?

  • Yes, GRASP is also combinable with fully benchmarked schemes/AMCs.

I have applied for a localg.a.p. scheme – can I also apply for GRASP?

  • GRASP complements the Workers’ Health, Safety and Welfare chapter of the GLOBALG.A.P. primary production standards, so if the localg.a.p. scheme covers that chapter, too, GRASP assessments can be an option. Whether GRASP can be combined with the localg.a.p. scheme or not depends on the rules of the localg.a.p. scheme owner.
24. How much does the GRASP assessment cost?
  • Fees are invoiced by two parties:

1. The Certification Body that assesses GRASP charges its own costs for the assessment hours/days and the costs of the assessor. Please request the respective information from the assessing Certification Body.

2. GLOBALG.A.P. charges GRASP assessment license fees that apply to producers (individuals or group members) and to producer groups as detailed in the General GLOBALG.A.P. fee Table and the Fee Table Annex 1 for the NTWG Supplement.

25. Why do we need National Interpretation Guidelines?
  • Labor legislation differs from country to country. The GRASP National Interpretation Guidelines specify relevant legal requirements – such as national minimum wages, regulations on working hours, the minimum age of employment, etc.

There is no National Interpretation Guideline in my county. How can I be GRASP assessed?

  • In these cases the Certification Body can apply for an exception if several requirements as set out in the GRASP General Rules V1.3 have been fulfilled, so it can begin with the GRASP assessment even without a National Interpretation Guideline.

Access to the GRASP assessment results

I am GRASP assessed, how can my supplier/retailer see the GRASP assessment in the GLOBALG.A.P. Database?

  • GRASP assessment results are not visible in the public search. Only companies whose employees have GLOBALG.A.P. Database access (bookmarking package) and signed the GRASP Terms of Reference for ensuring data privacy can validate the results. These companies and their users are the GRASP Observers.