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.
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, 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
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.
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 designed to serve the needs of the United States fruit and vegetable producers, and those selling into the United States market. HPSS is recognized by GFSI and accepted by many large retailers in North America. Click here for more details on HPSS.
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:
This two-day course is designed for food safety and quality team members of all levels involved in the GLOBALG.A.P. program. The training explains the various farm certification options and the requirements upon which the Standard, inspections and audits are based. It is available in-person (public or onsite at your facility) or self-paced online, in either English or Spanish. See here.
Visit our Resource Center to view complementary webinars on GLOBALG.A.P. and more – see here
For other SCS training courses, including HACCP for Produce Operations, Internal Auditor, SQF and more see here
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) is designed to serve the needs of the United States fruit and vegetable producers, and those selling into the United States market. HPSS is a GFSI-recognized scheme and accepted by many large retailers in North America. You may refer here for the benefits of the scheme.
Visit the GLOBALG.A.P. FAQs section on the GlobalG.A.P. website for more information.