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.
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, and for combinable crops.
SCS offers certification to both the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Standard and Produce Safety Standard (PSS) Standard. The following certification options apply to both standards.
GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance is a globally harmonized scheme for Good Agricultural Practices with food safety and environmental components. SCS certifies to the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Standard for Fruits and Vegetables and is provisionally approved for Combinable Crops. The scheme consists of the following control points and compliance criteria.
Members can choose add-ons to further differentiate their operations.
GLOBALG.A.P. Harmonized Produce Safety Standard is a subset of IFA, covering food safety and food traceability essentials for fruits and vegetables. HPSS is similar to GAP audits in the US market and will soon be benchmarked to GFSI.
Both standards evaluate your Integrated Crop Management (ICM), Integrated Pest Control (IPC), Quality Management System (QMS), and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP).
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.
Choosing the Right Food Safety Program: A Primer
Apply for Auditing
Fill out an SCS Application form. Contact SCS at FoodSafety@scsglobalservices.com 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.
Complete Registration Form
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. Annual audits are required to maintain certification.
GLOBALG.A.P. certification by SCS can help you in several ways:
SCS Global Services offers IHA Accredited HACCP Training, including on-site courses, webinars and customized trainings throughout the year in North America. Our expert trainers can tailor their curricula to meet your needs.
Some of the questions and answers below are excerpted from the GLOBALG.A.P. website.
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.
SCS certifies to the current version of Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) for Fruits and Vegetables and is approved for Combinable Crops. SCS is also accredited to certify producers to the Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS).
Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) is a comprehensive certification recognized by retailers globally. IFA emphasizes a holistic approach to farm certification and covers food safety, environment (including biodiversity), worker's operational health and safety, and traceability. The Fruits & Vegetables Standard covers all stages of production, from pre-harvest activities such as soil management and plant protection product application to post-harvest produce handling, packing and storing. The Combinable Crops Standard covers propagation material, machinery and equipment, crop protection, harvesting, and harvest crop handling.
IFA certification allows producers greater access to both international and domestic markets. The IFA Standard is globally recognized by retailers and food service in more than 100 countries.
The Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS) focuses on the food safety and traceability elements of the IFA standard. This standard is a subset of the IFA standard that was developed for the North American market where the demand for compliance with the Food Safety elements of the IFA standard has priority above the non-food safety components. HPSS is a GFSI-recognized scheme, and allows you to upgrade to IFA if you require additional criteria or decide to export your produce abroad.
Visit the GLOBALG.A.P. FAQs section on the GlobalG.A.P. website for more information.