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Nurture Module

The Nurture Module is a private add-on to the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard for producers that supply the retailer Tesco. It is focused on plant protection product List (PPPL) management for the fruit and vegetables/​flowers and ornamentals product categories.

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Targeted criteria for Tesco suppliers

What is the Nurture Module?

Launched in 2017, the Nurture Module marked the transition of the original Tesco Nurture Programme to an add-on that is audited in combination with the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard. Applicable to plant production for the product categories fruit and vegetables/flowers and ornamentals, the private solution was developed by FoodPLUS GmbH in collaboration with Tesco to reduce duplication and increase flexibility for suppliers in choosing how they want their sites to be audited.

Nurture Module at a glance

Document 1, Document, checklist, add-on
Combined audit

with IFA for fruit and vegetables or flowers and ornaments

Sustainability 5, Sustainability, environment, protection
Focused content

on PPPL management for producers who supply the retailer Tesco

Integrity 1, Integrity, program, accountability, transparency, assessment, monitoring, certification body, CB, complaint
Robust integrity

through GLOBALG.A.P. approved CBs and GLOBALG.A.P. Integrity Program monitoring

Which topics does the Nurture Module address?

  • Quality management system

  • Plant protection product lists (PPPLs)

  • Plant protection product application

  • Residue monitoring system

  • Traceability and segregation

Who should use the Nurture Module?

The Nurture Module is available for only those individual producers and producer groups who supply the retailer Tesco. This includes producers who sell to one or more approved primary suppliers of Tesco.

All producers must hold certification to IFA , as the audit builds on existing IFA requirements.

Reduce audit duplication in the supply chain

How does the Nurture Module work?

The add-on is composed of control points and compliance criteria (CPCCs) which are all graded at Major Must level, requiring 100% compliance. The Nurture Module checklist contains dedicated Tesco requirements – 30 CPCCs – that are audited together with those in the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard for fruit and vegetables or flowers and ornamentals.

Which documents are required?

  • Scheme rules: Rules that define how the audit process works, from the scope of the add-on to the audit requirements.

  • Guidelines: Implementation guidelines address specific topics as an annex to the scheme rules.

  • CPCCs: Control points are the fundamental requirements for each standard. They are written in question form and are accompanied by corresponding compliance criteria that detail how a producer must demonstrate compliance.

  • Checklist: The full list of CPCCs as used by CB auditors, enabling producers to perform a self-assessment in preparation for the CB audit.

How is certification status verified?

Every producer registered in the GLOBALG.A.P. certification system is assigned a 13-digit GLOBALG.A.P. identification number (e.g., a 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.

Maintaining trust in GLOBALG.A.P. certification

The GLOBALG.A.P. Integrity Program was founded in 2008 as the first of its kind in food certification. Designed to ensure the consistent delivery and implementation of GLOBALG.A.P. standards and add-ons worldwide, the program monitors and assesses all aspects of the third-party certification process.

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