GLOBALGAP is a single integrated standard with modular applications for different product groups, ranging from plant and livestock production to plant propagation materials and compound feed manufacturing.

The standard serves as a global reference system for other existing standards and can also easily and directly be applied by all parties of the primary food sector. In other words: GLOBALGAP operates like a satellite navigation system. It equips members with a reliable tool kit, which allows each partner in the supply chain to position themselves in a global market with respect to consumer requirements. Feedback from nearly ten years of working with the standard ? with more than one hundred thousand completed audits ? has been incorporated to make the new third version of 2007 more relevant to today?s concerns and advanced production techniques. The comprehensive documentation of the system is organized into five major blocks, each with a set of complementary elements. Users can select the applicable elements of each block to create a tailor-made, user-friendly manual. This selection gives direction to all relevant stages of the GLOBALGAP certification process.

History of Global G.A.P.

The precursor to GLOBALG.A.P., called EUREPGAP, started in 1997 as an initiative by retailers belonging to the Euro-Retailer Produce Working Group (EUREP). British retailers in conjunction with supermarkets in continental Europe were the driving forces. They reacted to growing concerns of the consumers regarding product safety, environmental and labor standards and decided to harmonize their own often very different standards. The development of common certification standards was also in the interest of producers. Those with contractual relations to several retailers explained that they had to undergo multiple audits against different criteria every year. With this is mind, EUREP started working on harmonized standards and procedures for the development of Good Agricultural Practices (G.A.P.) in conventional agriculture including highlighting the importance of Integrated Crop Management and a responsible approach to worker welfare. Over the next ten years a growing number of producers and retailers around the globe joined in with the idea as this matched the emerging pattern of globalised trading: EUREPGAP began to gain in global significance. To align EUREPGAPS?s name with the now realized proposition as the pre-eminent international G.A.P.-standard and to prevent confusion with its growing range of public sector and civil society stakeholders, the Board decided to undertake the significant step to re-brand.

It was a natural path and evolution that led EUREPGAP to become GLOBALGAP. The decision was announced in September 2007 at the 8th global conference in Bangkok.

Global GAP Members

GLOBALGAP members include retail and food service members, producers/suppliers and associate members from the input and service side of agriculture. With their voluntary membership they contribute to the furtherance of Good Agricultural Practice around the globe. The members? product base ranges from crops to livestock and aquaculture to compound feed and plant propagation material. GLOBALGAP covers more and more individual products ? from fruit and vegetables to salmon and trout.

Global GAP Resources

Networking contacts and information exchange of best practice on a global scale has become one of GLOBALGAP`s most appreciated by-products. The Secretariat collects the relevant information and provides it in a convenient structured form online. The GLOBALGAP website provides an extensive resource centre grouped into different sub-scopes on all relevant topics.

México Calidad Suprema
México Calidad Suprema and Global GAP

In order to satisfy the demand of high-quality products and protect consumers? health, in 1999 the distinctive seal "M?xico Calidad Suprema" was developed in order to certify the food safety and quality of agricultural food products. This has been a joint initiative between the Private Sector and Mexican Government. As with GlobalGAP. Mexcio Calidad Suprema is a certification system on fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, milk, honey and coffee, that guarantees that these products have met national and international standards for food safety and quality. The standards are defined for each product and independent certification bodies such as SGS, NORMEX, Primus Labs, BvQI, ANCE and others do the audit process. These certification bodies must be approved by the ?Mexican Accreditation Entity? (EMA) MEXICO CALIDA SUPREMA Standards include Quality aspects such as Color, Size, Defects, etc, and also include Food Safety such as Good Agricultural Practices and ensuring the respect for permitted Microbiological limits. The system, although it has functioned effectively to improve the quality of all products and processes, was still national in reach and because world trade includes many fruits and vegetable products of Mexican origin it was decided to work with the internationally recognized standards for the benefit of Mexican exports. So it was decided to look for the benchmarking with the then current EUREPGAP. The Mexico Calidad Suprema was recognized in 2006 as the equivalent of EUREPGAP and, when EUREPGAP became known as GLOBALGAP, the Mexican certification was equally accepted. Also this system, which is based and protected by the Mexican Federal Law for Standardization, is now internationally accepted as being the equivalent of globalGAP in all major world markets. These standards are established taking in consideration the Governmental Guidelines for Good Agricultural Practices of the Ministry of Agricuture, and the quality grading used by the international market.