GLOBALG.A.P. ANNUAL REPORT 2020
GOVERNANCE & NETWORK
GOVERNANCE & NETWORK
A Member-Driven Decision-Making Structure
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
Retailer/Food Service Representatives
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 (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 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
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:
National Interpretation Guidelines
The following NIGs were published in 2020:
|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|