Ensure food safety from food production to product handling within the supply chain
Published 4 Apr 2023
GLOBALG.A.P. is an organization that sets voluntary global standards and develops an independent certification system for food and worker safety, sustainability, and other Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). It requires producers to establish a complete control and monitoring system to ensure the certified product is safe before the seed is planted until it leaves the farm.
GLOBALG.A.P. was created in 1997 as EurepGAP, a common standard for farm management practice that aims to find solutions to growing concerns of consumers on product safety, health and welfare of workers, and product environmental impact. It was developed using the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) guidelines and is governed according to the ISO/IEC 17065 for product certification schemes.
EurepGAP changed its name to GLOBALG.A.P. in September 2007 to reflect its expansion from the European region to a more global scale in establishing the leading international GAP standards between multiple retailers and suppliers.
The GLOBALG.A.P. standard sets an international benchmark that integrates concepts, definitions, and guidelines of other existing standards to serve as a global reference that can be applied by all parties primarily involved in the food sector.
GLOBALG.A.P. covers a variety of farm production standards, encompassed in the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) that covers GAP for agriculture, aquaculture, livestock, and horticulture production. It involves all stages of production, from pre-harvest activities to post-harvest production including handling, packing, and storing. The registered certification bodies are authorized to issue certificates on behalf of GLOBALG.A.P.
Food producers can prepare for GLOBALG.A.P. certification by engaging with consultants to seek advice or assess internally before getting third-party help. The following steps can help interested parties get GLOBALG.A.P. certification.
Food producers must grasp the scope of GLOBALG.A.P. standards to prepare for certification. Learn the requirements and analyze the processes to determine how they fit with their existing methods.
Conduct an internal audit to identify gaps in current processes and discover areas for improvement. Make an essential adjustment to those identified nonconformances and implement corrective action. Change the existing system if necessary and ensure compliance with all the critical points and criteria of the standard.
Eliminate manual tasks and streamline your operations.
A registered auditor will conduct the first on-site GLOBALG.A.P. audit to inspect the agricultural land. They will assess the overall process if it complies with the GLOBALG.A.P. standards.
A GLOBALG.A.P. certificate that is valid for a year will be given as proof of successful completion of the GLOBALG.A.P. audit and that the farm complies with the GLOBALG.A.P. requirements, and its relevant versions and scope.
GLOBALG.A.P. certification can help food producers sell their products globally. It allows them the opportunity to reach global customers, markets, suppliers, and retailers that require GLOBALG.A.P. certification. They can also enjoy the following benefits:
SafetyCulture (formerly iAuditor) is a mobile-ready inspection app that provides visibility and insights to raise safety and quality standards across different industries. It helps quickly spot and resolve issues to improve operational efficiency across teams.
SafetyCulture can help save time on conducting and documenting self-assessments to ensure compliance with GLOBALG.A.P. standards. Rather than using a traditional pen and paper method which is prone to damage and paper loss, use SafetyCulture to secure all assessment findings that are automatically stored in a cloud that you can access anytime, anywhere.
Take advantage of the following benefits of using SafetyCulture:
SafetyCulture makes it easy for anyone on the team to conduct inspections and audits on the go. With the use of mobile devices, whether online or offline, you can conduct self-assessment and capture photo evidence of non-compliance, annotate, and include detailed notes to further explain the issue.
Create corrective actions on the spot for identified agricultural threats. Set the due date and priority level, then assign them to the authorized personnel to address and mitigate risk immediately.
Automatic syncing between a mobile device and the desktop platform provides real-time visibility on identified issues and noncompliance. Access records anytime and share with any member of the organization to ensure GLOBALG.A.P. standards are followed and maintained at all times.
Check other features of SafetyCulture that could help achieve GLOBALG.A.P. compliance:
A GAP audit farm review checklist is used to assess the agricultural land for food safety hazards and determine the corrective actions to mitigate the risks. It can be used as an internal audit to prepare for the official GLOBALG.A.P. inspection.
Jona Tarlengco is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. She usually writes about safety and quality topics, contributing to the creation of well-researched articles. Her 5-year experience in one of the world’s leading business news organisations helps enrich the quality of the information in her work.