Overview of IFA versions

IFA v6

The new IFA v6 was launched on 26 April 2022 as an interim final version. On 29 September 2022, the final standard documents for IFA v6 were published for fruit and vegetables, flowers and ornamentals, hops, and aquaculture. IFA v6 becomes obligatory on 1 January 2024, replacing all previous versions. Further information can be found in the news section.

IFA v6 is available in two parallel editions: IFA v6 Smart, which fully embodies the GLOBALG.A.P. philosophy and is appropriate for the majority of producers, and IFA v6 GFS for producers who require certification with recognition from the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). 
We estimate that v6 GFS will achieve recognition from GFSI by early 2023, i.e., before it becomes obligatory, but to ensure that a GLOBALG.A.P. standard with GFSI recognition continues to be available, v5.4-1-GFS will remain valid until IFA v6 GFS has achieved GFSI recognition. 

BRC and IFS certified post-farm gate product handling facilities will accept both IFA v6 editions (Smart and GFS). 

Certification body training has already begun, and audits against IFA v6 are already possible. To find out more about what has changed, visit the  IFA v6 webpage

To find your applicable IFA v6 documents, please visit the  IFA v6 documents generator.


IFA v5.4-1-GFS (Replacing IFA v5.3-GFS)

V5.4-1-GFS is the current obligatory IFA standard version for producers who require certification with GFSI recognition. It replaces IFA v5.3-GFS. 

For fruit and vegetable producers, v5.4-1-GFS replaced v5.3-GFS as of January 2022. For aquaculture producers, v5.4-1-GFS replaced v5.3-GFS as of May 2022. 

V5.3-GFS audits conducted for each scope before the aforementioned dates will be GFSI-recognized through their full certification cycle. Fruit and vegetables audits conducted on or after 22 January 2022 and aquaculture audits conducted on or after 1 May 2022 must use the IFA v5.4-1-GFS checklist and GLOBALG.A.P. general regulations and achieve certification to this version. 

V5.4-1-GFS will remain valid until IFA v6 GFS has achieved GFSI recognition. We estimate this to be in Q2–3 2023. Audits conducted before this will be GFSI-recognized through their full certification cycle. 

For hops producers, IFA v6 will replace v5.3-GFS – there will be no v5.4-1-GFS update for the hops product category and producers will transition directly to v6. IFA v5.3-GFS does not have GFSI recognition and v6 will also not be benchmarked.
Find your IFA v5.4-1-GFS documents in the GLOBALG.A.P. document center.


IFA v5.2

 

IFA v5.2 is no longer GFSI-recognized, but continues to be available for audit until IFA v6 becomes obligatory (1 January 2024). This version is suitable for producers who do not require certification with GFSI recognition. IFA v5.2 audits conducted before 1 January 2024 will remain valid for their full certification cycle. 

 

Find your IFA v5.2 documents in the GLOBALG.A.P. document center.

IFA v6 structure

Consists of:

  • GLOBALG.A.P. general regulations
  • Principles and criteria

One certificate will be issued at scope level, listing the applicable product categories individually.
Checklists are generated digitally and are customized based on a producer’s specific situation. Nonapplicable principles and criteria are removed. 

Click here to generate your documents.

IFA v5 structure

Consists of:

  • GLOBALG.A.P. general regulations
  • Control points and compliance criteria

Individual certificates are issued at subscope level.
Checklists are static and modular. They contain three parts: The all farm base foundation module, the scope module, and the subscope module. Visit the GLOBALG.A.P. document center to download your documents.

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IFA v5.4-1-GFS:
Checklist:   All farm base, crops base, fruit and vegetables (v5.4-1-GFS)

Checklist:   All farm base, aquaculture (v5.4-1-GFS)

IFA v6:
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