GLOBALG.A.P. Emergency Procedure for certificate extension


We at GLOBALG.A.P. are deeply concerned about the outbreak and rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and we are continuing to monitor government and other external advice to assess the associated risks. We want to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus, to keep each other safe, and also to ensure that our members have access to products from certified farms.

Due to movement/travel restrictions within some regions imposed by governments as a result of the coronavirus, GLOBALG.A.P. Inspections/audits that become due may be postponed.

As already permitted under the current system, GLOBALG.A.P. Certificates may be extended for up to 4 months.

For the COVID-19 pandemic, GLOBALG.A.P. is now introducing a temporary rule: a maximum certificate extension of 8 months, in order to allow the certification body (CB) to delay the on-site inspection/audit if necessary. The precondition for extension beyond 4 months is a completed remote inspection/audit. During the extension period, a regular on-site inspection/audit shall take place.

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Certificates under extension are considered valid.

Certification bodies have been issued detailed instructions for the implementation of these temporary rules. For further information on these procedures, please contact

GLOBALG.A.P. will continue to provide regular updates and advice to the key stakeholders (certification bodies, retailers, producers, and trading companies) to ensure that producers can maintain their certification status and the integrity of the GLOBALG.A.P. Certification process.

Please download the full document here.


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