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GLOBALG.A.P. MEMBERS

GLOBALG.A.P. members help us connect producers and suppliers, improve GLOBALG.A.P. standards, carry out benchmarking, and increase awareness of safe and sustainable practices in food production and resource management.

GLOBALG.A.P. ADVISORY BOARD

GLOBALG.A.P. is governed by an Advisory Board of elected representatives from producer and retailer industries, headed by a chairperson. There are an equal number of retail and supplier representatives, reflecting the supply chain partnership. Within the supplier seats, one seat is reserved for each of the 3 GLOBALG.A.P. scopes (Crops, Livestock and Aquaculture).
The Advisory Board members give input to the strategy and annual action plan, appoint technical committee members, adopt the GLOBALG.A.P. family of standards and rules, and promote and support GLOBALG.A.P. world-wide.

GLOBALG.A.P. Advisory Board Members 2020

Producer/Supplier Representatives

Guy Callebaut - Chairperson

Guy Callebaut - Chairperson

VBT – Association of Belgian Horti. Coop. (Supplier/Crops)

Alessandro Dalpiaz

Alessandro Dalpiaz

Assomela Società Coopertiva (Supplier/Crops)

Hugo Hays

Hugo Hays

Fyffes (Supplier/Crops)

Martin Hofstede

Martin Hofstede

CLAMA GmbH & Co. KG (Supplier/Aquaculture)

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

New Zealand Apples & Pears Inc (Supplier/Crops)

Derk Oorburg

Derk Oorburg

Vion Food (Supplier/Livestock)

Richard Schouten

Richard Schouten

Fresh Produce Centre/Groentenfruit Huis (Supplier/Crops)

Retailer/Food Service Representatives

Enrique Ameghino

Enrique Ameghino

Cencosud Retail Perú S.A. (Retailer)

Francisco-Manuel Contreras Morales

Francisco-Manuel Contreras Morales

EDEKA AG (Retailer)

Yukiyo Komatsu

Yukiyo Komatsu

Aeon Co., Ltd. (Retailer)

Miina Mälgand Hansen

Miina Mälgand Hansen

Salling Group (Retailer)

Klaus Mayer

Klaus Mayer

REWE Group Buying GmbH (Retailer)

Leon Mol - Vice Chairperson

Leon Mol - Vice Chairperson

Ahold Delhaize (Retailer)

Eloy Quiñones

Eloy Quiñones

Metro AG (Retailer)

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GLOBALG.A.P. SECRETARIAT

The function of secretariat is performed by FoodPLUS GmbH, a private limited company based in Cologne, Germany. FoodPLUS functions as a single management platform for GLOBALG.A.P., which executes administrative tasks such as enacting new policies and standards, supporting the GLOBALG.A.P. benchmarking process, maintaining the GLOBALG.A.P. Database, and enforcing ISC decisions.

TECHNICAL COMMITTEES

Technical Committees (TC) consist of voluntary GLOBALG.A.P. producer/trader and retailer/food service members. Their main focus is to participate in the revision and maintenance of existing standards. Technical committees are set up for fixed terms – typically three years – and members can serve a maximum of three terms.
There are five technical committees: Fruit and Vegetables, Aquaculture, Livestock, GRASP and Systems & Rules.

FOCUS GROUPS

Focus groups are set up on an ad-hoc basis to work on specific topics as approved by the GLOBALG.A.P. Advisory Board. The voluntary Focus Groups consist of both GLOBALG.A.P. members and non-members and have no fixed term since the duration is determined by the nature of the topic.

Focus Groups in 2020

BENCHMARKING COMMITTEE

The Benchmarking Committee is composed of independent technical experts representing the agricultural chain industry. Members are appointed by the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat for each scheme/checklist applying for benchmarking.

Its function is to:

  • Evaluate the benchmarking process results report
  • Recommend a recognition level for the applicant scheme/checklist

CERTIFICATION BODY COMMITTEE

The Certification Body Committee is made up of experts representing certification bodies which are GLOBALG.A.P. associate members and ISO Guide 17065 accredited to at least one GLOBALG.A.P. scope. The committee discusses implementation issues, provides feedback, and represents certification body activities within the GLOBALG.A.P. system.

INTEGRITY SURVEILLANCE COMMITTEE

Integrity Surveillance Committee members are industry experts with a local legal background. The members are appointed by the Advisory Board but work independently and meet at least twice a year. The Integrity Surveillance Committee assesses integrity issues and certification body non-conformances and proposes correctional measures and sanctions.

NATIONAL TECHNICAL WORKING GROUPS

National Technical Working Groups (NTWGs) are set up by GLOBALG.A.P. members in any desired country to help with the implementation of GLOBALG.A.P. standards on a local scale. NTWGs identify implementation challenges specific to the country and develop guidelines, known as National Interpretation Guidelines (NIGs) to help overcome these challenges. These guidelines provide guidance to certification bodies and producers on how best to implement GLOBALG.A.P. control points and compliance criteria at a national level. NTWGs are made up of qualified experts and stakeholders from the country in question.

NTWGs in 2020

There are now 53 NTWGs worldwide.
One new NTWG was established in 2020:

NTWG Finland

Host: Puutarhaliitto
Contact: Anne Piirainen
Website: www.puutarhaliitto.fi/
Scope: Fruit and Vegetables

National Interpretation Guidelines

The following NIGs were published in 2020:

Country Scope Version Publication Date
Ghana FV V5.3/V5.3-GFS July 16, 2020
Mexico FV V5.3-GFS July 2, 2020
Hungary FV V5.3/V5.3-GFS May 19, 2020
India FV V5.3/V5.3-GFS May 19, 2020
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