Primary Farm Assurance Primary Farm Assurance

The Primary Farm Assurance Standard

The Primary Farm Assurance (PFA) standard is ready for use. The PFA General Rules, and the relevant control points and compliance criteria have been set by the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat. No customization of the PFA standard is possible, unless it is handled as a separate project. If you are interested in setting up a private customized solution, kindly contact for more information.

The PFA General Rules supply the basis for implementing the PFA standard. There are two levels available for the control points and compliance criteria of PFA: the Foundation Level (lower level) and the Intermediate Level (higher level). These levels are a subset of the requirements of the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard.

The Foundation Level covers basic food safety and traceability requirements and is ideal for producers who sell primarily at a local level or are starting the process toward certification. This is the lowest official level of the PFA standard.

The Intermediate Level incorporates traceability, stronger food safety criteria, slightly increased requirements on workers’ health and safety, and more stringent environmental conservation criteria. This is the highest level of the PFA standard.

Any certification body (CB) and/or verification body (VB; if the market accepts VBs conducting the assessments) seeking to assess producers against the PFA standard must be formally approved by the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat before they may conduct any PFA assessments. Please contact our CB Administration for more information:

The status of a PFA producer can be verified in the GLOBALG.A.P. database. Parties that require more information must become market participants of the PFA standard.

For more information on GLOBALG.A.P. database access packages, please visit our web page Sourcing Certified Products or contact the GLOBALG.A.P. customer support team at:

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