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Integrated Farm Assurance for fruit and vegetables

Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) for fruit and vegetables is a global standard for responsible farming practices at primary production level. It is built on a holistic approach that covers the key topics of food safety, environmental sustainability, workers’ well-being, production processes, and traceability.

GLOBALG.A.P.’s flagship standard

What is Integrated Farm Assurance for fruit and vegetables?

Developed by the industry, for the industry, Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) for fruit and vegetables provides producers with clarity on market requirements and facilitates a long-term holistic approach to farm-level operations. The standard has consistently achieved Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognition and is aligned with both the UN Global Compact Food and Agribusiness Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals. Operational for over 20 years and continuously developed in collaboration with sector stakeholders, IFA is tried, tested, and trusted around the world, with IFA-certified production processes for fruit and vegetables covering more than four million hectares annually.

Infographic of a world map identifying countries with Integrated Farm Assurance certified production processes for fruit and vegetables

IFA for fruit and vegetables at a glance

Fruit and Vegetables 1, Fruit and vegetables, agriculture, product, harvest
Over 600 species

of fruit and vegetables available for certification under IFA

Fruit and Vegetables 2, Fruit and vegetables, agriculture, production processes
Relevant for all

major types of production systems, from open field to hydroponics

Producer 1, Producer, farmer, stakeholder, supply chain, farm-level, smallholder
Certification options

for a variety of farm sizes and types, including smallholders and producer groups

Globe 3, Globe, worldwide, network, implementation
Implemented worldwide

with a global network of approved CBs and Registered Trainers

Document 1, Document, checklist, add-on
Easily combinable

with a range of targeted add-ons and supply chain solutions for flexible assurance customization

Recognition 1, Recognition, industry, sector, alignment, harmonization, accepted, GFSI, GSSI, FSI, WWF, SIFAV, FDA
Recognized by GFSI

(IFA v5.4-1-GFS, v6 in progress) and accepted for BRCGS-/IFS-certified product handling units

Which topics does IFA for fruit and vegetables address?

IFA for fruit and vegetables covers the major aspects of primary production, from preharvest activities to postharvest handling. The standard has been developed together with sector experts in the technical committees and focus groups and underwent extensive public consultation as part of our process for standard setting . This ensures that IFA remains robust, realistic, and cost-efficient for producers while meeting the evolving demands of buyers.

Core topics in IFA v6 for fruit and vegetables include:

  • Traceability

  • Food safety

  • Workers’ health, safety, and welfare

  • Biodiversity and habitats

  • Energy efficiency

  • Waste management

  • Fertilizers and biostimulants

  • Water management

  • Integrated pest management

  • Plant protection products

Discover more about how IFA helps you address challenges in the agricultural sector .

Producer holding a vegetable

Who should use IFA for fruit and vegetables?

IFA for fruit and vegetables is available for the entire spectrum of producers worldwide, addressing a range of production systems from noncovered farms to controlled environment agriculture.

It offers certification options for both individual producers (single site and multisite producers) and producer groups, including smallholders. Producers can get certification in any country where a GLOBALG.A.P. approved certification body (CB) conducts audits.

We also offer primary solutions for producers who require a stepwise approach towards certification, as well as a portfolio of add-ons to core solutions for producers who require further assurance on specific topics.

How does IFA for fruit and vegetables work?

  • Compliance with the standard requirements is audited annually by an accredited and independent third-party CB.

  • Producers can choose from any GLOBALG.A.P. approved CB active in the relevant country.

  • A successful CB audit results in a certificate valid for one year.

The certificate is issued at scope level (IFA for plants) and lists the applicable product categories (e.g., fruit and vegetables, flowers and ornamentals) individually. Producers with multiple types of operations can therefore get certification for all of them through a single audit process.

IFA v6 checklists are generated digitally and are tailored to the producer’s specific production practices, eliminating any not applicable requirements. Our smarter, streamlined, and outcome-oriented approach also provides flexibility to producers in demonstrating compliance.

The standard is composed of principles and criteria (P&Cs). P&Cs are graded in three levels: Major Must, Minor Must, and Recommendation.


  • Fundamentals that set the foundation of a GLOBALG.A.P. requirement

  • Written in statement form

  • Describing the outcomes to achieve


  • Methods that producers can use to demonstrate a principle to be true

  • Different ways to demonstrate compliance, e.g., data, record of procedure

  • Evidence required for demonstrating that the outcome is achieved

Read more about the audit process and standard requirements .

Infographic showing the breakdown of principles and criteria of Integrated Farm Assurance version 6 for fruit and vegetables

How is certification status verified?

Every producer registered in the GLOBALG.A.P. certification system is assigned a unique 13-digit GLOBALG.A.P. identification number (e.g., a GLOBALG.A.P. Number (GGN)). This number allows real-time verification of certification status in the GLOBALG.A.P. IT systems , upholding our rigorous transparency requirements throughout the supply chain.

Producers can control data access and privacy rights for audit reports, and the reports are not shared publicly or with third parties. This process is handled via your chosen CB.

What are the two editions of IFA v6?

IFA v6 for fruit and vegetables is available in two parallel and equally valid editions:

  • IFA v6 Smart, which fully embodies the GLOBALG.A.P. philosophy and is appropriate for the majority of producers

  • IFA v6 GFS, designed for producers who require certification with recognition from GFSI

This decision stems from the extensive public consultation conducted during the standard revision. Many industry experts requested a more flexible and outcome-oriented IFA, but it was not possible to completely reconcile their preferences with GFSI requirements. To provide solutions for both use cases and to ensure that IFA certification continues to be applicable for the mass market, two editions were developed: IFA v6 Smart and IFA v6 GFS.

The two editions contain some differences in the GLOBALG.A.P. general regulations, such as rules for unannounced CB audits. Both editions are accepted for BRCGS- and IFS-certified post farm-gate product handling units. Customer requirements usually determine the edition that a producer will implement.

Infographic showing the four stages of the Integrated Farm Assurance continuous improvement plan at farm level

What is the continuous improvement plan?

IFA v6 for fruit and vegetables introduces the need for a continuous improvement plan at farm level. This approach encourages measurable target setting that helps producers to improve the efficiency of their operations and achieve recognition for efforts to strengthen on-farm sustainability.

  • Plan: After analyzing current practices, data identifies areas that can be improved, and the producer sets measurable goals for improvement.

  • Do: Targeted measures are implemented in farming practices.

  • Check: Implementation is checked and progress reviewed at the annual CB audit.

  • Act: The continuous improvement plan is revised based on progress and impact.

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