Frequently Asked Questions

About localg.a.p.

1. What is localg.a.p.?

The localg.a.p. program is a verified capacity building program, with two possible solutions namely the Ready-to-Use Solution and the Fully Customized Solution. It is only an assessment and not certification.

2. Why should I do localg.a.p. ?

It is a stepping-stone to GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Certification. It is a cost effective solution for emerging markets.

3. Can I go back to a localg.a.p. level if I already had GLOBALG.A.P. (Integrated Farm Assurance or Produce Safety Standard) Certification?

No, it is not possible to go back once certified.

4. What is the Ready-to-Use Solution of localg.a.p.?

As the name implies, this localg.a.p. program is ready to be used. No formal set-up is required, and no program owner is needed. Also, no customization is allowed for this solution.

5. What is required to set-up a Ready-to-Use Solution of localg.a.p.?

Minimum 2 Letters of Support from different markets for the program, and a bookmarking account to keep track of the producers in the GLOBALG.A.P. Database. The CB/VB must also be approved with GLOBALG.A.P.

6. What is the Fully Customized Solution of the localg.a.p. program?

This solution is chosen when a particular market (retailer, buyer, trader, distributor, consultancy, etc.) decides that the Ready-to-Use Solution is NOT the best fit for their region/crop(s)/needs and some customization is needed e.g. create an Add-on (outside of the GLOBALG.A.P. scope and that can also be required at certification level), add an additional level, etc.  The Fully Customized localg.a.p. program shall always have a localg.a.p. program owner.

7. How many levels are there in the localg.a.p. program?

GLOBALG.A.P. has set up 2 levels: Foundation and Intermediate level. If any additional levels are required, then the Fully Customized Solution shall be used.

8. Can I stay at one of the localg.a.p. levels indefinitely?

Yes, this is possible if the market that the producer supplies to allows/accepts this.

9. What are the main differences between localg.a.p. and GLOBALG.A.P.?
  • localg.a.p. is an assessment (not certification)
  • A producer will receive a localg.a.p. Number (LGN) to distinguish localg.a.p. producers from certified producers who receive a GLOBALG.A.P. Number (GGN).
  • The localg.a.p. program is a subset of the Integrated Farm Assurance Standard
  • 2nd or 3rd parties can conduct assessments.
  • localg.a.p. is not visible to the public (GLOBALG.A.P. has a public validation search)
10. Who can be a Program Owner?

They can be retailers, manufacturers, cooperatives, traders – anybody that creates a local market and that makes use of the Fully Customized Solution. Program Owners must be GLOBALG.A.P. members.

11. Who sets the rules for a Fully Customized localg.a.p. program?

GLOBALG.A.P. has developed a template (Customization Checklist) with the basic requirements and the Program Owner will specify the rules within these. Rules to be specified include the actual content of the levels, which levels are available, who may conduct the inspections, how long a producer can stay at one level, what is the end-goal of this program, etc.

12. Who can conduct the localg.a.p. assessments?

The Market or Program Owner has the option to decide who can conduct the localg.a.p. assessments. It can either be a Certification Body that is already approved for GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Standard, or it can be a Verification Body, or both.

13. What is a Verification Body?

A Verification Body (VB) is a GLOBALG.A.P. Licensed Farm Assurer that have signed a Farm Assurer License agreement with GLOBALG.A.P, acquired the rights from producers to upload and/or register these producer activities in the GLOBALG.A.P Database and can conduct localg.a.p. assessments, if allowed by the localg.a.p. Program Owner.

14. What is the difference between a Farm Assurer and Verification Body?

Licensed Farm Assurers are companies / individuals that train / consult producers on the localg.a.p. program or GLOBALG.A.P. Standards. Verification Bodies are licensed Farm Assurers that can enter data in the GLOBALG.A.P. Database and perform localg.a.p. assessments.

15. Why was a Version 3 of the localg.a.p. program introduced?

To be in line with GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5.1, To be in line with latest Global Markets Program of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), To include the changed/updated/new principles of the program as approved by the GLOBALG.A.P. Board.

16. What are some of the major changes in localg.a.p. V3?
  1. 5 years period towards certification scrapped
  2. GLOBALG.A.P. Certification as end goal no longer required
  3. PPP registration requirements (CROPS) Recommendation in FL, Minor in IL
  4. Less strict on the involvement of a localg.a.p. Program Owner
17. Are there a specific time frame whereby a producer must change over to a new version of localg.a.p., when it is available?

No, the time frame is determined by the market/program owner. However, it is always better to change over as soon as possible, because the differences in terms of CPCC requirements are normally not huge. It is however needed to ensure it always stays in line with the latest version of the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA version.

18. Can the localg.a.p. logo be displayed on the final products?

The use of the localg.a.p. logo is similar as the use of the GLOBALG.A.P. trademark and logo – it cannot be used on the final product visible to the end consumer.

19. Which products are covered as part of the localg.a.p. assessment?

Products included for a localg.a.p. assessment is exactly the same as for the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Standards. Always check the latest GLOBALG.A.P. product list to see which products are covered.

20. Does the producer get a certificate when he complies with the localg.a.p. program?

The producer does not get a certificate, but a Letter of Conformance when he complies with the specific localg.a.p. level.

21. For which scopes / sub-scopes are there Ready-to-Use localg.a.p. programs?

There can be localg.a.p. programs for all scopes/sub-scopes. If there is not yet a specific scope/sub-scope available for the localg.a.p. program, it can be developed together with the relevant interested party and will then in future be the official Ready-to-Use localg.a.p. program for that scope/sub-scope.

22. How does the set-up cost differ between a Ready-to-Use solution and a Fully Customized Solution?

In the case of the Fully Customized Solution, additional set-up cost may apply, due to extra technical support and specific programming that is required in the GLOBALG.A.P. Database. When applying for the Fully Customized Solution, a formal quote on the set-up process will be send for acceptance by the Program Owner. This cost is not covered under the GLOBALG.A.P. membership fee, that is obligatory for the Fully Customized Solution.