GRASP National Interpretation Guidelines

Harmonizing good social practice worldwide

Legal requirements regarding the control points differ from country to country (e.g., minimum wage, legal age of employment, working hours, etc.). Where the requirements are stricter, local legislation overrides GRASP. Where there is no legislation (or legislation is not so strict), GRASP provides the minimum requirements for a good social management system.

GRASP national interpretation guidelines

To make these requirements transparent to producers, auditors, and assessors, local multi-stakeholder groups develop GRASP national interpretation guidelines (GRASP NIG). GRASP can be assessed in any country – even where no GRASP NIG exists.

Application for assessments in countries without a NIG

If a country has no GRASP NIG and if no other stakeholder group is working on one, the certification body (CB) can hand in a draft of a GRASP NIG to the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat. CBs assessing GRASP in countries with no NIG shall undergo a special registration process.

The assessor may apply for special registration in countries where no NIG exists by filling in the online application form on the GLOBALG.A.P. website or by contacting the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat (see section 5.3 in the GRASP general rules for v2, or section 4.4.3, 6.2.2, and Annex I in the GRASP general rules for v1.3-1-i).

CBs can find the application form  here.

If you are interested in a GRASP assessment, please, contact your  GLOBALG.A.P. approved CB.

If you are interested in a GRASP assessment and no NIG is available for your country, please contact the  GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat.

GRASP NIGs have been developed for many countries and the list is growing!

If you would like to develop a GRASP NIG, please contact

Click here for a list of approved GRASP NIGs