GlobalG.A.P. certification opens valuable new markets to large and small producers alike, and helps satisfy the basic food safety and sustainability specifications of retailers and major buyers worldwide. Assure your customers that your good agricultural practices for food safety and your environmental management practices meet GlobalG.A.P. requirements. GlobalG.A.P. is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized standard.
Choose SCS Global Services for thorough, timely and professional audits. With nearly 30 years of expertise in food safety and sustainability, our worldwide network of skilled auditors can meet your product-to-market deadlines. For added cost and operational efficiency, combine your audit with food safety testing and other certifications as requested by your customers.
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We make it easy for you to fully satisfy retailer food safety requirements by combining your audit with pesticide testing and other certifications.
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SCS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to conduct GlobalG.A.P. audits for any producer of primary agricultural products including fruits and vegetables.
There are two certification options: single site and multi-site, or group.
GlobalG.A.P. is a globally harmonized standard for Good Agricultural Practices with food safety and environmental components. While members can differentiate through add-ons, the base of the Standard consists of the following control points with specific compliance criteria:
Annual audits are required to maintain certification.
SCS can walk you through a pre-assessment process. Pre-assessment is a non-scored mock audit designed to assess the level of your preparedness for a certification audit. Ask about combining a pre-assessment with your initial audit for greater efficiency.
In addition to GlobalG.A.P. certification, SCS offers a full suite of food safety and food quality testing and certification services to help you satisfy customer requests. Combine GlobalG.A.P. Certification with Organic Certification, Certified Sustainably Grown or Fair Trade Certification, for added operational and cost efficiency.
Apply for Auditing
Fill out an SCS Application form. Contact SCS at [email protected] to request guidance. SCS will return a proposal for your approval with suggested scope of work, timeline and quote. To initiate the certification process, return a signed proposal and Work Order.
SCS sends you a form requesting any documentation that the auditors will need to prepare for the on-site audit.
Schedule the Audit
SCS assigns an auditor and audit dates are proposed. Once an audit date is confirmed, an audit plan is provided to ensure that your team is prepared.
A team meeting is required at the beginning and the end of the audit. At the conclusion of the audit, the auditor discusses the audit results, including any non-conformities.
Complete Corrective Actions and Technical Review
Identified non-conformities must be addressed and evidence of corrective actions provided to SCS within 28 days. The auditor reviews and closes out non-conformities as warranted. Once this process is complete, the auditor submits an audit report.
Make Certification Decision
SCS conducts a final technical review of the audit report and Corrective Action documentation and makes the final certification decision.
If certification is achieved, SCS issues the certificate and final report to the facility/operation and posts reports to the SCS Certified Supplier Directory and to retailer databases when requested.
GlobalG.A.P. certification by SCS can help you in several ways:
GLOBALG.A.P. is a private sector body that sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe. Formerly known as EUREPGAP, GLOBALG.A.P. has established itself as a key reference for Good Agricultural Practice (G.A.P.) in the global marketplace, by translating consumer requirements into agricultural production in a rapidly growing list of countries (currently more than 100) on every continent.
GLOBALG.A.P. is a pre-farm-gate standard, which means that the certificate covers the process of the certified product from farm inputs like feed or seedlings and all the farming activities until the product leaves the farm. GLOBALG.A.P. is a business-to-business label and is therefore not directly visible to consumers. Existing national or regional farm assurance schemes that have successfully completed their benchmarking process are recognized as an equivalent to GLOBALG.A.P.
Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA), 4.0 & 3.0, Crops Base, Option 1 - Primary Farm Assurance (PFA) Assessment
Producers who receive Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) certification have met the most comprehensive criteria demanded by retailers globally. The IFA Crops Base Standard emphasizes a holistic approach to farm certification and covers food safety, environment (including biodiversity), worker's operational health and safety, traceability, animal welfare (when applicable).
IFA certification allows producers greater access to both international and domestics markets. The IFA Standard is globally recognized by retailers and food service in more than 100 countries, and is currently undergoing GFSI re-benchmarking.
Primary Farm Assurance (PFA) is a stepping stone towards GLOBALG.A.P.'s full Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard. However, it is an assessment, not a certification.
There are two main PFA levels available: 1) Foundation Level - for producers with few food safety risks who primarily sell on a local level, good for starting their food safety certification; and 2) Intermediary Level - includes more food safety elements than the Foundation Level, specified by some retailers.