Integrity Report 2021



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Quality and integrity of the highest level

Certification body approval

Certification bodies (CBs) that want to become GLOBALG.A.P. approved must be ISO/IEC 17065–accredited for the relevant standard (such as the Integrated Farm Assurance standard (IFA)), the scope (e.g., crops, aquaculture), and the sub-scope (e.g., fruit and vegetables).

This must be achieved through an accreditation body which is a member of the International Accreditation Forum and signatory of the Multilateral Recognition Arrangement on product certification. All of these accreditation bodies have been subject to a peer evaluation in the product certification field and have received a positive recommendation in the resulting report.

The GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat signs license and certification agreements with only those CBs that successfully pass the GLOBALG.A.P. internal approval process. The agreements and the accreditation ensure a high level of standardized quality and integrity of CBs’ procedures.

GLOBALG.A.P. approved CBs worldwide by the end of 2021

Some CBs have been approved for more than one standard and scope.

compared to 2020
Product Product Type 2020 number of approved CBs 2021 number of approved CBs Growth
Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) for crops Standard 151 152 + 0.7%
IFA for aquaculture  Standard 16  19  + 18.8% 
IFA for livestock  Standard 19  20  + 5.2% 
AH-DLL GROW  Add-on  53  60  + 13.2% 
GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody (CoC)  Standard  71  90  + 26.8% 
Compound Feed Manufacturing (CFM)  Standard  17  20  + 17.6% 
Crops for Processing (CfP)  Standard  11  + 22.2% 
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR)  Add-on  34  39  + 14.7% 
GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP)  Add-on  133  143  + 7.5% 
Harmonized Produce Safety Standard  Standard 
Impact-Driven Approach to Sustainability (IDA)  Add-on  + 50% 
Livestock Transport  Standard 
localg.a.p.  Customized programs 
NURTURE Module  Add-on  51  51 
NON-GM/“Ohne  Gentechnik” Module 1 (compound feed mills)  Add-on 
NON-GM/“Ohne  Gentechnik” Module 2 (livestock/aquaculture)  Add-on 
NON-GM/“Ohne  Gentechnik” Module 3 (processing companies)  Add-on 
Primary Farm Assurance (PFA)  Standard  + 50% 
Produce Handling Assurance (PHA)  Standard  + 100% 
Produce Safety Assurance  Standard 
Sustainable Program for Irrigation and Groundwater Use (SPRING)  Add-on  32  44  + 37.5% 
TR4 Biosecurity Add-on for Bananas  Add-on  16  19  + 18.8% 

Key performance indicators for CBs

In 2017, a series of key performance indicators (KPIs) was developed to measure the performance of CBs and present the information to the public. The KPIs were developed together with the CBs and include scores on integrity assessments, complaint management, database management, and administrative issues. 

The KPIs are published on the GLOBALG.A.P. website and are updated every six months. These criteria are reflected in a five-star rating system, with one star for poorest performance and five stars for best performance. 

Headquarter locations of GLOBALG.A.P. approved CBs

There were 189 approved CBs worldwide by the end of 2021. Their headquarter locations are shown on the map. Please note that CBs may also operate internationally outside the country in which their headquarters are located. 

Hover over a highlighted country to see the number of CB headquarters located there.


Maintaining excellence

GLOBALG.A.P. conducts regular workshops for GLOBALG.A.P. approved CBs. These are designed for auditors, inspectors, in-house trainers, and scheme managers, who must fulfill certain qualification requirements. 

Every GLOBALG.A.P. approved CB must appoint: 

  1. A scheme manager, who must attend an annual scheme manager update training.
  2. An in-house trainer, who is responsible for training the CB’s auditors and inspectors. In-house trainers are scope-specific and must attend an in-house trainer training, as well as pass a test on the content of the standard for every standard version. 

If a scheme manager and/or in-house trainer does not comply with any of the GLOBALG.A.P. qualification requirements – including the training described above – the CB is blocked in the GLOBALG.A.P. database and cannot issue certificates. 

All GLOBALG.A.P. approved auditors and inspectors responsible for auditing the quality management systems (QMSs) of producer groups and multisite producers must attend a QMS auditor training and pass a test on how to audit the QMS. 

In addition, all GLOBALG.A.P. approved auditors and inspectors must pass an online test on the content of the normative documents of the standards, scopes, and sub-scopes that they are approved to audit according to the latest standard version. Auditors or inspectors who do not pass the online tests for the scopes and sub-scopes they are registered for – or the QMS training in the case of auditors – are blocked in the GLOBALG.A.P. database and cannot perform audits/inspections. 

Online tests

GLOBALG.A.P. online tests are available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Online test Number of auditors and inspectors
IFA v5.2  2368 
IFA v5.4-1-GFS  293 
IFA v5.4-1-GFS (fruit and vegetables update)  260 
CoC v5  433 
CoC v6  704 
FSMA PSR v1.2  388 
GRASP v1.3-1-i  1817 
NURTURE Module v11.2  376 
NON-GM/“Ohne Gentechnik” v1.1  83 
PHA v1.2 (enclosed operation)  12 
PHA v1.2 (open-shed operation) 
SPRING v1.1  389 
TR4 Biosecurity Add-on for Bananas v1  119 

GLOBALG.A.P. trainings completed in 2021


Training locations and languages

Hover over the sections to see the breakdown.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all 63 trainings in 2021 were conducted online. 

Training participants according to language and type

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In-house trainer training

This program qualifies auditors and inspectors working for GLOBALG.A.P. approved CBs to become in-house trainers. In 2021, 37 in-house trainer trainings took place. All were conducted online.

Hover over the sections to see the breakdown.

Date Scope Language Participants
January AH-DLL GROW English
IFA v5.4-GFS (update crops and aquaculture) English 14
GRASP  English  15 
NURTURE Module (update)  English 
NURTURE Module (update)  English  10 
February  IFA v5.4-GFS (update crops and aquaculture)  Spanish  20 
  NURTURE Module (update)  English  12 
  NURTURE Module (update)  English  15 
  IFA v5.4-GFS (update crops and aquaculture)  English 
  CoC  English 
  IFA for aquaculture  English 
March  NURTURE Module (update)  English 
  SPRING  Spanish 
  IFA for livestock  English 
  IFA for crops  English  11 
April  NURTURE Module  English 
May  IFA v5.4-GFS (update crops and aquaculture)  Spanish  11 
  GRASP  English  15 
June  CoC  English  14 
  CoC  Spanish  12 
July  AH-DLL GROW  English 
  IFA for crops  English  13 
  IFA for crops  English 
  CoC  Spanish 
August  IFA v5.4-GFS (update crops and aquaculture)  English  21 
  AH-DLL GROW  Spanish  15 
  SPRING  English  11 
September  IFA for crops  Spanish 
  CoC  English 
  GRASP  English  14 
October  AH-DLL GROW  English 
  CFM  English 
  IFA for crops  English  10 
  SPRING  Spanish 
November  IFA v5.4-GFS (update crops and aquaculture)  Spanish  11 
  IFA v5.4-GFS (update crops and aquaculture)  English  15 
December  NURTURE Module  English 

Scheme manager update training

This training focuses on CB operational issues and updates for scheme managers and also provides an opportunity to clarify technical questions. It is neither scope nor standardspecific. In 2021, 14 scheme manager update trainings took place. All were conducted online.

Date Language Participants
May  English  13 
  English  15 
June  English  11 
July  English  10 
  Spanish  12 
September  Italian 
  Italian  13 
October  Spanish  14 
November  English  18 
  English  18 
December  English  18 

CB QMS Auditor training for group certification

This program trains auditors of GLOBALG.A.P. approved certification bodies to audit the Quality Management System of producer groups.

Date Language Participants
February  Spanish  11 
March  Spanish  15 
  English  14 
April  English  14 
May  Spanish  11 
June  English  15 
July  English 
August  Italian 
  Spanish  12 
November  English  15