GLOBALG.A.P. certifies Fruit and vegetables
It guarantees the application of best practices in agriculture and allows agricultural production to be qualified in large-scale distribution and international markets.
What it is certified
GLOBALG.A.P. is an international organization, participated by the main distribution groups, founded with the aim of standardising voluntary standards for Good Agricultural Practices (Good Agricultural Practice) applicable at global level. The main requirements covered by GlobalG.A.P. standard are:
- Corporate Traceability
- Environmental aspects (waste management, environmental impact, soil management, fertiliser use)
- Health, safety and working conditions of the company’s employees
- Product (pharmaceutical application, irrigation, integrated pest management techniques, harvesting and handling of the product)
- Process controls and correct corporate management
The GLOBALG. A. P. certification applies both to individual companies (option 1) and to Groups of Producers (option 2): Cooperatives, Consortia, Producers’ Organisation etc. The latter are also required to set up a documented Quality System, which allows the correct regulation of relations between producer members and guarantees that everyone operates in compliance with the requirements of the standard. GLOBALG.A.P. provides for annual surveillance inspections of all certified producers, to which unannounced special inspections may be added. The standard pays particular attention to the health and safety of workers. ICEA is accredited for the issue of certification of fresh fruit and vegetables production (scope “Cultivations“ – subfield “Fruit and Vegetables“). Since July 2016, it is mandatory to apply the V5 standard version. This new version provides for:
- 5 new major requirements
- 11 new minor requirements
- 8 new recommendations.
In general, the standard pays even more attention to microbiological risks. One of the main changes to version 5 of the standard concerns the mandatory mass balance for all certified companies.
How to certify
The certification process is divided into five main phases.
- Request for an estimate of costs to be submitted to ICEA with all information related to the crops and processing plants.
- Signing of the certification contract, sublicense and estimate of costs.
- On-site inspection to verify the actual compliance with the requirements of the standard for specific productions and types of activities.
- Issue of the Certificate of Conformity based on information and data collected as part of the assessment and verification process.
- Annual surveillance through periodic inspections, including unannounced inspections, to confirm the maintenance of compliance conditions.
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