GLOBALGAP Certification

GLOBALGAP Certification is a system of quality management, aiming to ensure sustainable and safe food for its customers.

It started in 1997 through an initiative by the Euro Retailers Produce Working Group (EUREP), a group of 22 European retailers managed by the GLOBALGAP Secretariat. FoodPlus is a non-profit organization which legally represents the GLOBALGAP Secretariat.

GLOBALGAP has created standards for the following sectors: fruit and vegetables, ornamental flowers, integrated farm assurance (IFA), aquaculture and coffee.

The principles of the GLOBALGAP Program are based on the following concepts:

Food Safety: originated in the HACCP (Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points) principles

Environmental Protection: designed to minimize the negative impact of agricultural production to the environment.

Occupational health, safety and well-being: the norm sets forth a global level of occupational health and safety criteria on farms, providing social responsibility.

Animal well-being: the norm sets forth a global level of criteria for animal well-being on farms.

Compliance Levels.

There are three compliance levels to achieve the GLOBALGAP certification:

Major Obligations: 100% fulfillment of all Applicable “Major Obligations” Control Points is mandatory.

Minor Obligations:90% fulfillment of all Applicable “Minor Obligations” Control Points.

Recommendations: a minimum fulfillment percentage has not been established yet.

Certification Models.

Individual Certification: Producer individually requests certification of his/her property.

Group certification: A group of producers jointly requests certification of their properties.