Integrity Report 2021

Welcome Letter


Integrity Assessment

Brand Integrity

Complaint Management

Customer Support

The Future


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 9 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 8 8 -
Impact-Driven Approach to Sustainability (IDA) Add-on 4 6 + 50%
Livestock Transport Standard 3 3 -
localg.a.p. Customized programs 6 6 -
NURTURE Module Add-on 51 51 -
NON-GM/“Ohne Gentechnik” Module 1 (compound feed mills) Add-on 7 7 -
NON-GM/“Ohne Gentechnik” Module 2 (livestock/aquaculture) Add-on 5 5 -
NON-GM/“Ohne Gentechnik” Module 3 (processing companies) Add-on 5 5 -
Primary Farm Assurance (PFA) Standard 6 9 + 50%
Produce Handling Assurance (PHA) Standard 3 6 + 100%
Produce Safety Assurance Standard 4 4 -
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) 9
SPRING v1.1 389
TR4 Biosecurity Add-on for Bananas v1 119

GLOBALG.A.P. trainings completed in 2021


Training locations and languages

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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.

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Date Scope Language Participants
January AH-DLL GROW English 7
IFA v5.4-GFS (update crops and aquaculture) English 14
GRASP English 15
NURTURE Module (update) English 9
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 6
CoC English 9
IFA for aquaculture English 4
March NURTURE Module (update) English 5
SPRING Spanish 5
IFA for livestock English 5
IFA for crops English 11
April NURTURE Module English 8
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 7
IFA for crops English 13
IFA for crops English 3
CoC Spanish 9
August IFA v5.4-GFS (update crops and aquaculture) English 21
AH-DLL GROW Spanish 15
SPRING English 11
September IFA for crops Spanish 6
CoC English 9
GRASP English 14
October AH-DLL GROW English 5
CFM English 4
IFA for crops English 10
SPRING Spanish 9
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 7

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
English 8
July English 10
Spanish 9
Spanish 12
September Italian 5
Italian 13
October Spanish 14
Spanish 8
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
English 8
March Spanish 15
English 14
April English 14
May Spanish 11
June English 15
July English 7
August Italian 8
Spanish 12
November English 15
Spanish 9