The GLOBAL G.A.P. Certification System is made up of interlinking mechanisms that ensure the proper development, implementation, improvement, integrity, transparency and harmonization of our certificates.
- Development: Our standards are the product of a transparent and independent standard setting systems based on the intensive collaboration, consultation and communication between our Technical Committees, Stakeholder Committees, Certification Body Committee, Board and Secretariat. You can read more about it under Governance.
- Implementation: Our extensive network of more than 140 GLOBAL G.A.P. approved certification bodies operating all around the world ensures that our standards are adapted and applied consistently on every GLOBAL G.A.P. certified farm.
- Improvement: We provide extensive training opportunities through our GLOBAL G.A.P. Academy for producers, buyers, auditors and consultants, keeping everyone involved up-to-date. Our GLOBAL G.A.P. Farm Assurers provide producers with extensive consulting services to help them get certified.
- Integrity: GLOBAL G.A.P.’s Integrity Program provides a unique framework of checks and controls to monitor CB performance and guideline implementation. The GLOBAL G.A.P. Database provides tools for validating certificates and checking producers.
- Harmonization: We benchmark schemes and standards around the world to facilitate certification and upgrade G.A.P. standards.
Fairtrade certification is a product certification system claiming that products with its brand meet certain environmental, labour, and developmental standards. Overseen by a standard-setting body, Fairtrade International (FLO), and a certification body, FLO-CERT, the system involves independent auditing of marketing organizations and, sometimes, producers.
The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, also known as the HACCP, is a system of safety in food production and pharmaceuticals. The system is used by the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture to ensure safe procedures and products. An HACCP auditor is a person who is aware of the steps of the prevention system.
Organic agriculture produces products using methods that preserve the environment and avoid most synthetic materials, such as pesticides and antibiotics. USDA organic standards describe how farmers grow crops and raise livestock and which materials they may use.
Organic farmers, ranchers, and food processors follow a defined set of standards to produce organic food and fiber. Congress described general organic principles in the Organic Foods Production Act, and the USDA defines specific organic standards. These standards cover the product from farm to table, including soil and water quality, pest control, livestock practices, and rules for food additives.
Organic farms and processors:
- Preserve natural resources and biodiversity
- Support animal health and welfare
- Provide access to the outdoors so that animals can exercise their natural behaviors
- Only use approved materials
- Do not use genetically modified ingredients
- Receive annual onsite inspections
- Separate organic food from non-organic food