CIPRO - The Certification Integrity Program

The Certification Integrity Program (CIPRO) monitors and assesses the performance of all GLOBALG.A.P.-approved certification bodies. It ensures that certification bodies are conducting their audits in line with GLOBALG.A.P  guidelines and procedures and verifies that the same criteria and quality standards have been used on a consistent basis.

CIPRO sets into place an ongoing process of quality assurance, improvement transparency. This includes monitoring approved certification bodies, following up reports of excess maximum residue levels, and providing competence in food-crisis management, technical support and training.

Transparent Monitoring

To ensure impartiality within the Certification Integrity Program, each of the four active bodies within the program have clearly defined responsibilities:

  • The GLOBALG.A.P Board steers and supervises the program and provides the legal framework for regulating the CBs.
  • The GLOBALG.A.P Integrity Team is part the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat and consists of the auditors and inspectors who perform the CIPRO assessments.
  • The GLOBALG.A.P. Integrity Surveillance Committee (ISC) makes the final decision case by case concerning sanctions based on the CIPRO assessment reports.
  • The GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat organizes, implements and enforces the decisions by the Integrity Surveillance Committee and facilitates improvement of the program.