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GLOBALG.A.P. Benchmarking

One of GLOBALG.A.P.’s main missions is the “one auditor through the farm gate” principle, and benchmarking is how we aim to achieve it.

Harmonizing the requirements of different schemes and checklists cuts duplication and takes the complexity out of certification. It reduces costs, administration, time, and effort – with producers, suppliers, and retailers all profiting from the benefits.

By achieving GLOBALG.A.P. benchmarked status, other schemes and checklists enjoy international recognition – a valuable advantage in the highly competitive global market.

How it works

Benchmarking scopes

Standards and checklists can apply for benchmarking to a GLOBALG.A.P. standard, a GLOBALG.A.P. add-on, or a combination of both. A successful benchmarking process results in a benchmarked scheme or a benchmarked checklist.

Benchmarking status

Benchmarked scheme

A certification scheme using its own scheme management rules and G.A.P. requirements that are benchmarked against the GLOBALG.A.P. ones and are recognized by GLOBALG.A.P., after the benchmarking process, as equivalent to the GLOBALG.A.P. general regulations and the product-specific principles and criteria respectively.

Benchmarked checklist

A certification standard using the GLOBALG.A.P. general regulations as scheme management rules together with its own G.A.P. requirements that are benchmarked against the GLOBALG.A.P. ones and are recognized by GLOBALG.A.P., after the benchmarking process, as equivalent to the product-specific principles and criteria respectively.

Resembling and supplement (equivalent only with supplement)

A scheme that has achieved benchmarked status by developing a supplement to cover the remaining GLOBALG.A.P. general regulations and the product-specific principles and criteria which are not included in the original scheme documents. Only producers who have been audited to the standard and the supplement are issued with a GLOBALG.A.P. Number, listed in the GLOBALG.A.P. IT systems, and have a benchmarked certification status.

The benchmarking process

1. Submission of the benchmarking application

Owners of schemes or standards that want to apply for benchmarking must first contact benchmarking@globalgap.org to receive the relevant application documents. The completed application is then returned to GLOBALG.A.P.

2. Integrity check and peer review

GLOBALG.A.P. evaluates the integrity of the applicant scheme or checklist and checks it against the GLOBALG.A.P. rules on food safety, environmental sustainability, workers' well-being, animal welfare, and more. The check consists of a document review, in which the applicant scheme or checklist is evaluated against the GLOBALG.A.P. normative documents, as well as the opportunity for GLOBALG.A.P. Community Members to participate in a peer review and contribute their insights.

3. Document validation and on-site audit

GLOBALG.A.P. validates the applicant’s normative documents and the practical implementation in the field. This is checked via at least one on-site producer audit and, if applicable, the quality management system (QMS) of producer groups.

4. Benchmarking Committee review

The Benchmarking Committee is composed of independent experts who represent the producer and retail/food service industries. If the document review and on-site audit stage is successfully completed, the Benchmarking Committee can recommend the recognition of the applicant scheme or checklist. These schemes and checklists then achieve the benchmarked status. If the Benchmarking Committee does not recommend the recognition of the applicant scheme or checklist, changes are required before a new application for benchmarking can be submitted.

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Key

Product categories:

  • FV = fruit and vegetables
  • FO = flowers and ornamentals
  • PG = pigs
  • PPM = plant propagation material
  • HOP = hops

List of benchmarked schemes and checklists

Scheme/checklist Owner Country Standard Category Version
AMAG.A.P. Agrarmarkt Austria Marketing GesmbH Austria FV (Option 3) Benchmarked Scheme GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5.2 - AMAG.A.P. 2018
QS-GAP QS Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH Germany FV (Option 3) Benchmarked Scheme GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5.2 - QS-GAP V2021 and QS-GAP v2022
SwissGAP Hortikultur Verein SwissGAP Switzerland FO (Option 3) Benchmarked Scheme GLOBALG.A.P. V5.2 - SwissGAP Hortikultur Januar 2017 V2
MPS-GAP MPS Milieu Programma Sierteelt Netherlands FO and PPM (Option 3) Benchmarked Scheme GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5.2 - MPS-GAP Version 11.1
naturane ANECOOP S. COOP. Spain FV (Option 1&2) Benchmarked Checklist GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5.2 – naturane V5.2
Red Tractor Assurance for Farms Fresh Produce Scheme Assured Food Standards United Kingdom FV (Option 3) HOP (Option 3) Resembling scheme with supplement Resembling+Supplement! GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5.2 - RT Fresh Produce v5.0 (Nov.2021)
ChileG.A.P. ASOEX Chile FV (Option1&2) Benchmarked Checklist GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5.2 - ChileG.A.P. V5.2
EHPEA Code of Practice for Sustainable Flower Production - Silver Level Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) Ethiopia FO/ PPM (Option 3) Benchmarked Scheme GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5.2 - EHPEA V5.1
New Zealand GAP - GLOBALG.A.P. equivalent Horticulture New Zealand Inc. New Zealand FV (Option 3&4) Benchmarked Scheme GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5.2 New Zealand GAP V6.2 October 2019
IKB Varken Varkenshouders Kiwa VERIN B.V. Netherlands PG (Option 3) Benchmarked Scheme GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5.2 - IKB Varken V22
OHAS Grower Standard Ornamental Horticulture Assurance Scheme (OHAS) United Kingdom FO (Option 3) Resembling scheme with supplement Resembling+Supplement! GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5.2 - OHAS Grower Standard Version 4
KFC Flowers & Ornamentals Sustainability Standard The Kenya Flower Council Kenya FO (Option 3) Benchmarked Scheme GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5.2- KFC Flowers & Ornamentals Sustainability Standard June 2019
IKB Nederland Varkens De Groene Belangenbehartiger (DGB) subsidiary Varkenspost.nl The Netherlands PG (Option3) Resembling scheme with supplement Resembling+Supplement! GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5.2 - IKB Nederland Varkens V12.0 and V13.0