- Benefits of Certification
- Why Work With NSF?
- Certification Process
NSF Food Safety Certification, LLC is accredited to certify to GLOBALG.A.P, a food safety certification program for agriculture and aquaculture producers. Formerly known as EurepGAP, GLOBALG.A.P. is a private sector body that sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe.
Based on Good Agricultural Practices, the GLOBALG.A.P. food safety standard encompasses all process activities on the farm and is a business-to-business certification. The GLOBALG.A.P. standard covers 80 countries and is based on review of on-farm compliance against three main scopes: crops, livestock and aquaculture. We can provide GLOBALG.A.P. certification in many of the sub-scopes. For more information, visit our Agriculture Certification page.
Benefits of Certification
As the internationally recognized standard for farm production, GLOBALG.A.P. benefits farmers, retailers and consumers throughout the world. It provides the most widely recognized and trusted standard for farm assurance and food safety.
Achieving NSF certification to GLOBALG.A.P. provides independent verification that a product or process complies with specific international standards. It enables a food supplier to give assurances that food has been produced, prepared and handled according to the highest possible standards.
NSF Food Safety Certification, LLC is accredited to audit to the following GLOBALG.A.P. standards: Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA)—sub-scopes Fruit & Vegetables, Flowers & Ornamentals and Combinable Crops); Plant Propagation Material (PPM); and the new Produce Safety Standard (PSS).
GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Certification
GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) is the most rigorous and comprehensive certification producers can currently attain. Widely implemented and accepted, it covers food safety, traceability, environmental sustainability, worker health and safety, and animal welfare.
GLOBAELG.A.P. Plant Propagation Material Certification
GLOBAELG.A.P. Plant Propagation Material (PPM) certification helps ensure the quality and safety of your products as well as worker and environmental health and safety. It covers the entire production process to provide your customers with safe and sustainably produced products.
GLOBALG.A.P. Produce Safety Standard Certification
The GLOBALG.A.P. Produce Safety Standard (PSS) is the ideal certification for producers supplying U.S. and Canadian customers who are mainly concerned with food safety for fruits and vegetables.
Why Work With NSF?
NSF companies are the leading global certifier to GFSI benchmarked standards, with exceptional technical expertise, consistently calibrated auditors and ample capacity for a timely path to certification. Backed by over 70 years of food safety expertise and a current average of 35,000 GFSI certification audits performed annually, we enable companies around the globe to demonstrate compliance with the most recognized food safety standards in the world.
NSF has a worldwide network of highly skilled and experienced auditors to help organizations of all sizes implement complex food safety solutions.
The GLOBALG.A.P. certification process generally takes an average of six to nine months, depending on a farm’s level of readiness. The process follows five basic steps:
- Site audit
- Corrective actions
- Certification decision
- Certificate issuance
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Which GFSI standard/scheme should I pick to certify to?
Several standards fall under the GFSI scope, which can be confusing when you need to select just one. Some standards are geared toward particular industry sectors (GLOBALG.A.P. for agriculture, BAP for seafood), but outside of that, it is up to individual companies to select which is right for them. As your chosen certifier, NSF can walk you through the various standards and provide insight and guidance on which would be most appropriate for your company.
How can NSF help me prepare for GFSI certification?
NSF has the expertise and experience to assist your facility at every step in preparing for and maintaining certification to GFSI benchmarked standards including training, technical advice, pre-assessment audits, GFSI audits/certification and re-assessment audits.
How long does it take to prepare for GFSI certification?
Preparing for GFSI certification is different for every facility based on the current development of the facility, quality of recordkeeping and the resources your company may have to prepare for GFSI certification. It generally takes an average of six to nine months to prepare for GFSI certification. Please contact us at +1 877.893.1325 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the process and determine your estimated timeline to certification.
How far in advance should I schedule my NSF GFSI certification audit?
NSF companies are the largest GFSI certifier in the world, certifying to nearly all categories within the GFSI standards. We recommend that you schedule your audits as far as six to nine months in advance to assure the date(s) you desire. Many factors determine availability including the category, time of year, standard, etc. Contact us at +1 877.893.1325 or email@example.com to discuss our availability for your category and desired standard.