Revisions and updates to GLOBALG.A.P. standards and add-ons Revisions and updates to GLOBALG.A.P. standards and add-ons

Public Consultation Updates

Now open! Public consultation period 1: 23 January to 17 February

Public consultation is now open for the following IFA product categories:

To participate, please download and save the draft documents on the right-hand side, add your comments in the relevant section(s), and send the file back to publiccomments@globalgap.org.

Timeline:

The second public consultation period for these standards is scheduled for 3 April to 28 April. GLOBALG.A.P. Advisory Board adoption of the final draft documents is scheduled for June. Launch of the new standards will follow in Q4 2023.

Please see the timeline for an overview of the revision process for plant propagation material and combinable crops.

IFA v6 (for fruit and vegetables, flowers and ornamentals, hops, and aquaculture) and GRASP v2

Public consultation for IFA v6 and GRASP v2 closed in November 2021. The GLOBALG.A.P. Advisory Board approved the new IFA standard documents and GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP add-on v2) documents in December 2021.

After two years of consultations and collaborations, the new IFA standard v6 (interim final version) and GRASP add-on v2 officially launched on 26 April 2022. The final standard documents were published on 29 September 2022. This standard becomes obligatory and replaces all previous versions on 1 January 2024.

IFA v6 public consultation in numbers

  • Four public consultation rounds took place between May 2020 and November 2021.
  • We received over 4,000 comments on IFA and 300 on GRASP.
  • We hosted 120 World Consultation Tour webinars with 695 participants.
  • Webinars took place in 15 languages across 20 time zones.
  • Field trials for IFA v6 were completed in seven different countries.
 

Who is involved in the revision of our standards and add-ons?

GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat
  • The GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat provides the draft documents as a basis for consultation.
  • Through the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat, feedback is collected and presented to the relevant focus groups and technical committees.
Committees
  • Technical committee and focus group members represent stakeholders from the whole supply chain.
  • The technical committees make the final recommendations to the GLOBALG.A.P. Advisory Board on the content and formulation of criteria, keeping in mind the stakeholders whom they represent.
Public stakeholders
  • Stakeholders provide feedback on the content and comprehensibility of the draft versions, drawing on their individual perspectives.

We’re always listening!

If you have general comments about GLOBALG.A.P. products, you can send an e-mail to  publiccomments@globalgap.org at any time.

Currently in consultation

IFA v6 Smart for plant propagation material - draft document - Public Consultation 1

IFA v6 Smart for combinable crops - draft document - Public Consultation 1

Documents for download

Summary of changes: IFA v5 to v6

Public consultation timeline: IFA v5 to v6

Public consultation feedback: IFA v6 – all responses

Public consultation summary: IFA v6 for aquaculture

Public consultation summary: IFA v6 for fruits and vegetables

Public consultation summary: IFA v6 for flowers and ornamentals

Transition timeline: IFA v6 and GRASP v2

Public consultation timeline 2023: IFA v6 for plant propagation material/combinable crops

 

Quicklinks

Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) version 6

IFA v6 for plant propagation material

Smart farm assurance solutions
How IFA v6 fits into the big picture: Our vision for a smarter future

Important Dates

April 2022: Publication of IFA v6 (interim final documents) for fruit and vegetables, flowers and ornamentals, hops, and aquaculture, and GRASP v2 checklist.

September 2022: Publication of IFA v6 and GRASP v2 (final documents).

January 2023: Public consultation begins for IFA v6 for plant propagation material and combinable crops.

April 2023: Public consultation ends for IFA v6 for plant propagation material and combinable crops.

January 2024: End of transition period. IFA v6 Smart for fruit and vegetables, flowers and ornamentals, hops, and aquaculture becomes obligatory and replaces v5.2. V6 GFS will only become obligatory three months after GFSI recognition is achieved - The exact date for this is still unknown but is likely Q3-4 2024. Until then, v5.4-1-GFS remains valid. GRASP v2 replaces v1.3-1-i.

January 2025: IFA v6 for plant propagation material and combinable crops becomes obligatory and replaces all previous versions.