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A Modular Approach to Integrated Farm Assurance

The GLOBALG.A.P. program includes the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard, the core product, which incorporates good agricultural practices for agriculture, aquaculture, livestock, and horticulture. Additional aspects of food production and the supply chain are also covered by the GLOBALG.A.P. program through standards for the chain of custody and compound feed manufacturing.

The IFA standard was revised through an extensive stakeholder involvement and consultation process, and version 5 (v5) was published in July 2015 with a one-year conversion period. This means that v5 became obligatory in 2016.

The GLOBALG.A.P. IFA standard v5 is built on a system of modules that enables producers to get certified for several sub-scopes in only one inspection. It consists of:

These map out the criteria for successful CPCC implementation and set guidelines for certification as well as the regulation of the standard.

These clearly define the requirements for achieving the quality standard required by GLOBALG.A.P.

The GLOBALG.A.P. IFA CPCC are based on a system of modules consisting of:

This is the foundation module, and consists of requirements that cover all farming operations and all producers must implement this module irrespective of the scope of certification.

Covers three scopes: Crops, Livestock, and Aquaculture. The scope CPCC define clear criteria based on the different food production sectors.

These CPCC cover specific requirements pertinent to the sub-scope (e.g., Fruit & Vegetables vs Flower & Ornamentals or Dairy vs Pigs).

To get certified, producers must comply with all the CPCC relevant for their sub-scope. For example, a strawberry grower must comply with the All Farm Base, the Crops Base, and the Fruit & Vegetables modules to receive a GLOBALG.A.P. certificate for IFA Fruit & Vegetables.

GLOBALG.A.P. also provides checklists for each module to help producers better prepare their farms and make the necessary changes before a certification body inspector conducts the inspection.

Certification Options:

Option 1 (Individual producer with or without an optional quality management system)

Option 2 (Producer groups with a mandatory quality management system)

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