Revisions and updates to GLOBALG.A.P. standards and add-ons Revisions and updates to GLOBALG.A.P. standards and add-ons

Public Consultation Updates

Public consultation for IFA v6 and GRASP v2 closed in November 2021.

In December 2021, the GLOBALG.A.P. Advisory Board approved the new IFA standard documents for the aquaculture scope and for the product categories fruit and vegetables, flowers and ornamentals, and hops in the plants scope. The documents for the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP add-on v2) were also approved.

After two years of consultations and collaborations, the new IFA standard v6 and GRASP add-on v2 officially launched on 26 April 2022*. To learn more about the new standard and what it means for you, see the IFA v6 page.

We would like to express our thanks to everyone who participated in the public consultation process.

NOTE: The interim final documents for IFA v6 were published on 26 April 2022, but were amended and replaced on 7 June 2022. The amendments include minor language changes for clarification, as well as some changes to the required compliance levels due to local legislation. Detailed changes are recorded in the version/edition update register of each document.
The amended documents (known as the interim final amended version) form the basis for the final version which is to be published in September. 

Public consultation in numbers

  • Four public consultation rounds took place between May 2020 and November 2021.
  • We received over 4,000 comments on IFA and 300 on GRASP.
  • We hosted 120 World Consultation Tour webinars with 695 participants.
  • Webinars took place in 15 languages across 20 time zones.
  • Field trials for IFA v6 were completed in seven different countries.

Transparent answers to your comments

We want to be as transparent as possible about the topics you raised in all four public consultation rounds. That’s why we have now published a public comments summary document for the scopes/product categories of aquaculture, fruit and vegetables, and flowers and ornamentals.

Each document summarizes the key topics and a response from GLOBALG.A.P. Find them in the “ Documents for download” section on the right-hand side.

Documents for Download

Public consultation summary for aquaculture

Public consultation summary for flowers and ornamentals

Public consultation summary for fruit and vegetables


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Important Dates

April 2022: Publication of IFA v6 (interim documents) and GRASP v2 checklist.

September 2022: Publication of IFA v6 (final documents).

May 2023: End of transition period. IFA v6 becomes obligatory. GRASP v2 replaces v1.3-1-i.

Revision Process Timeline (Click on the year to learn more)

Who is involved in the revision of our standards and add-ons?

GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat
  • The GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat provides the draft documents as a basis for consultation.
  • Through the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat, feedback is collected and presented to the relevant focus groups and technical committees.
  • Technical committee and focus group members represent stakeholders from the whole supply chain.
  • The technical committees make the final recommendations to the GLOBALG.A.P. Advisory Board on the content and formulation of criteria, keeping in mind the stakeholders whom they represent.
Public stakeholders
  • Stakeholders provide feedback on the content and comprehensibility of the draft versions, drawing on their individual perspectives.

We’re always listening!

If you have general comments about GLOBALG.A.P. products, you can send an e-mail to at any time.