GLOBALG.A.P. is a private sector body that sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe according to good agricultural practices rules.
GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance standard is primarily designed to reassure consumers regarding the way food is produced on the farm by minimizing the devastating environmental effects of farming processes, reducing chemical inputs and ensuring a responsible approach to the health and safety of the workers as well as animal welfare.
GLOBALG.A.P. has been established as a key reference for Good Agricultural Practices (G.A.P.) everywhere in the world. It is based on equal terms between producers and retailers wishing to establish effective standards and certification procedures.

GLOBALG.A.P. aims to achieve the following general goals:

  • The production of safe products
  • The protection of producer’s health
  • Safety, hygiene and welfare of employees in agriculture
  • Product safety and hygiene during handling from harvest to final sale
  • Environmental sustainability and application of integrated pest and disease management
  • Compliance with the existing regulations and Good Agricultural Practice’s rules
  • Crop yield and producer’s income assurance
  • Products’ standards compliance, not only in the country of production but also in the country of destination

Any producer of primary agricultural products covered by GLOBALG.A.P. standards may apply for GLOBALG.A.P. certification.

GLOBALG.A.P. certification, known as Integrated Farm Assurance, covers the rules of good agricultural practices:

  • Crops (Fruit & Vegetables, Flowers & Ornamentals, Combinable crops, Tea, Hops, Plant propagation material)
  • Livestock (Dairy, Calf & Young Beef, Cattle & Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, Turkey)
  • Aquaculture

GLOBALG.A.P. also covers all other aspects of food production and supply chain, traceability, food safety and compound feed manufacturing.

  • Option 1: Individual producer applies for certification and the producer will be the certificate holder

    Multi-site without implementation of a QMS: individual producer/one organization owns several production sites that do not function as separate legal entities, applies for certification

    Multi-site with the implementation of a QMS: individual producer/one organization owns several production sites that do not function as separate legal entities, but where a QMS has been implemented, applies for certification. General Regulations Part II-QMS Rules apply

  • Option 2: a producer group applies for certification. The producer group will be the certificate holder and must have a QMS implemented which should comply with rules set out in the General Regulations Part II.

GRASP (GLOBALG.A.P. RISK ASSESSMENT ON SOCIAL PRACTICE) is a voluntary, additional module developed to assess social practices on the farm, taking into account specific aspects of workers’ health, safety, and welfare.

Corporate social responsibility is an increasingly important issue in global food supply chains.


A positive working environment has a significant impact on both product quality and the production facilities’ cost efficiency. The value and benefits of well-trained, motivated, and protected workers can be seen all along the supply chain.

 What are the benefits of GRASP?

  1. It helps you improve your farm’s social management system.
  2. It provides you with information to strengthen your workers’ rights.
  3. It guides you to comply with local social and labor regulations through national interpretation guidelines.
  4. It supports the creation of communication channels between management and workers.
  5. It provides information on the core ILO conventions so that management and workers can work towards a positive working environment.
  6. It encourages you to study your risk exposure and helps you innovate in high-risk areas.
  7. It allows for business transparency showing your strengths and weaknesses in relation to social practices.
  8. Through communication and transparency, it helps raise your standing among suppliers and buyers.
  9. It provides information to reduce your risk for social legal non-compliances.
  10. It can be done at the same time as the GLOBALG.A.P. inspection or audit – so inspection or auditing costs will be reduced!

The affiliation process in the Control and Certification System includes the following steps:


Stakeholders are informed through information exchange


Submission of application form


Application review and private agreement signing


GGN number grant


Inspection / Audit


Decision of compliance


Certificate issue