Bridging the Gap from Global to Local Bridging the Gap from Global to Local

The GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Groups (NTWG)

Think Global, Act Local

That’s the philosophy at the heart of GLOBALG.A.P.’s activities.

And that’s why GLOBALG.A.P. members have set up National Technical Working Groups (NTWGs) in several countries to help adopt GLOBALG.A.P.’s universal standard on a local scale. NTWGs identify specific local adaptation and implementation challenges and develop guidelines, known as National Interpretation Guidelines (NIG). These guidelines provide guidance to certification bodies and producers on how best to implement GLOBALG.A.P. Control Points and Compliance Criteria at a national level.

The working groups are also a valuable source of qualified information for GLOBALG.A.P. By tapping into national networks of experts and stakeholders, GLOBALG.A.P. gains extensive knowledge about the different legal and structural conditions that exist around the world. The NTWGs work in close cooperation with the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat and the Technical Committees, which approve the guidelines developed by this growing number of groups.

What are the main benefits of joining an NTWG?

  • Contribute to the development of a National Interpretation Guideline for the local interpretation of the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard
  • Join the NTWGs worldwide free of charge
  • Participate in the peer review processes of benchmarking/recognition activities of schemes operating within your country
  • Give qualified input into the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard
  • Help producers in the country get certified and increase GLOBALG.A.P. certified production in the area
  • Participate in organizing GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR stops and benefit from reduced or free admission to GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMITs