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GLOBALG.A.P. Certification

GFSI-Level Food Safety & Environmental Practices

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GLOBALG.A.P. certification opens valuable new markets to large and small producers alike, and helps satisfy advanced 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) benchmarked standard.


Choose SCS Global Services for thorough, timely and professional audits. With three decades of expertise in food safety and sustainability, our worldwide network of skilled auditors can meet your product-to-market deadlines. Combine your audit with food safety testing and other certifications as requested by your customers for added efficiency and cost savings.

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Eligible Producers

SCS is accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to conduct GLOBALG.A.P. audits for any producer of primary agricultural products including fruits and vegetables, combinable crops, and hops. SCS is also approved to conduct the Tesco module, which is now an add on to GLOBALG.A.P.’s Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard

Certification Options

SCS offers certification to the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Standard, Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS), and Produce Safety Standard (PSS). The following certification options apply to all standards.

  • Option 1:  Certification for Single Site and Multi-site - For individual producers of single-site or multi-site operations with or without an implemented Quality Management System (QMS).
  • Option 2: Group Certification - for small producers seeking recognition under one group certificate, and for multi-site operations operating under a unified QMS and internal auditing procedure.

Certification Criteria

  • GLOBAL GAP 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 approved for Combinable Crops, Hops, and Tesco. The scheme consists of the following control points and compliance criteria.
    1. Food safety
    2. Food traceability
    3. Environmental sustainability (including biodiversity)
    4. Worker operational health and safety

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 is GFSI.


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.

Complementary Services

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.

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