GlobalG.A.P.

The goal is safe and sustainable agricultural production to benefit farmers, retailers and consumers

 

GlobalG.A.P. Certification

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification for farming operations

GLOBALG.A.P. is the largest internationally recognized standard for farm production. The standard is the result of years of intensive research and collaboration with industry experts, producers and retailers around the globe. The goal is safe and sustainable agricultural production to benefit farmers, retailers and consumers throughout the world. GLOBALG.A.P. Certification includes the requirements for:

  • Food safety
  • Food traceability/segregation for Parallel Production (PP) and
    Parallel Ownership (PO)
  • Environmental sustainability/biodiversity
  • Worker operational health and safety
  • Includes Produce Handling, Integrated Crop Management (ICM), Integrated Pest Control (IPC), Quality Management System (QMS), and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)

The GlobalG.A.P. standard also demands greater efficiency in production. It improves business performance and reduces waste of vital resources. It also requires a general approach to farming that builds in best practices for generations to come.

GlobalG.A.P. and Safety Food Certifiers

GlobalG.A.P. relies on independent third-party certification. Food Safety Certifiers is an auditing company, called a certification body responsible for inspecting producers, performing assessments and updating global online database. After thorough evaluation, FSC issues GlobalG.A.P. certificates to producers who have successfully implemented the GlobalG.A.P. standard. GlobalG.A.P. IFA is suitable for organizations at the farm/producer level.

Certification Options:

  • Option 1 (Single Producer with or without an optional Quality Management System)
  • Option 2 (Multiple Producers with a mandatory Quality Management System)
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Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA)

The International Gold Standard in Farm Certification:

  • Most rigorous and comprehensive criteria demanded by retailers domestically and internationally
  • Most widely implemented and accepted farm assurance standard in the world - progressive, holistic approach
  • ANSI Accredited Certification, GFSI Recognized (for IFA-Crops-Fruit & Vegetables)
  • Aligned with the Harmonized Standards for produce food safety

Key Features and Benefits:

  • Affords producers of all sizes greater access to domestic and international markets
  • Globally recognized by retailers/foodservice providers in 120 countries
  • Option 2 producer group certification offers cost-savings and centralized management
  • Enhances food safety while helping to preserve the environment
  • Communicates your commitment to these principles to retailers and consumers
  • Can increase productivity by optimizing your facilities, processes, staff training and documentation

Produce Safety Standard (PSS)

The perfect option for fruit and vegetables producers seeking food safety certification in the USA and Canadian markets:

  • Accepted by major national retailers and GFSI Recognized
  • Covers the food safety essentials you need now
  • Allows you to upgrade to IFA if you require additional criteria or decide to export your produce abroad
  • ANSI Accredited Certification, GFSI Recognized
  • The GlobalGAP implementation and extension of the Harmonized Standards

Key Features and Benefits:

  • Food safety
  • Food traceability/segregation for parallel production (PP) and parallel ownership (PO)
  • Includes Produce Handling, Integrated Crop Management (ICM), Integrated Pest Control (IPC), Quality Management System (QMS), and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
  • Option 2 producer group certification offers cost-savings and centralized management

Primary Farm Assurance (PFA)

Entry-level standard for fruit and vegetables producers that assesses fundamental food safety for local and domestic markets:

  • Accepted by select national retailers
  • Two-tiered stepping stone towards our IFA standard
  • Designed for produce farmers new to the food safety process
  • Non-accredited assessment, not a certification
  • Coming Soon - Alignment of PFA with the Harmonized Standards

Key Features and Benefits:

  • Foundation Level - For producers with few food safety risks who sell primarily on a local level
  • Intermediate Level - Incorporates stronger food safety criteria, accepted by select national retailers
  • North American market implementation of our LocalG.A.P. Standard
  • Retailers and producers can also create their own PFA checklists to cover specific concerns
  • PFA assessed producers can take additional steps to achieve IFA certification over time
  • Option 2 producer group assessment offers cost-savings and centralized management