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GLOBALG.A.P. enjoys a high level of recognition worldwide among farmers, retailers and producers as well governmental and non-governmental organisations. This is necessary to ensure the wide acceptance of the joint set of regulations.
National Technical Working Groups
Think global – act local is the philosophy behind the activities of GLOBALG.A.P.. This is why GLOBALG.A.P. members in several countries have founded National Technical Working Groups (NTWGs) to adapt the GLOBALG.A.P. standard to a local level. NTWGs determine the specific challenges of local modifications and implementations and develop appropriate guidelines, so-called national interpretations. These policies are a guide for certifying bodies and producers as to how best to implement the GLOBALG.A.P. control points and criteria at national level.
Moreover, the working groups are a valuable source of qualified information for the GLOBALG.A.P. By incorporating national networks of experts and interest groups, GLOBALG.A.P. is able to gain extensive knowledge of the various legal and structural conditions that prevail all over the world. The NTWGs work closely with the GLOBALG.A.P. secretariat and technical committees that authorise the policy guidelines which are devised by this growing number of working groups.)
Controlled by independent certification bodies
At the same time, the organisation has at its disposal a reliable global infrastructure, which organises an overall dialogue between all those involved and which is able to firmly assert the agreed rules. More than 130 independent and accredited certification offices perform the certifications in annual inspections, thus ensuring that the standard is reliably implemented.
Aquaculture means joint global production
Not only consumers but also food retailers, fish processors and even farmers are faced with the task of evaluating things and appraising qualities and risks associated with products from distant parts of the world, made by other cultures under other laws – a task that no link in the chain is able to perform alone.
- Aquaculture is itself becoming increasingly global. The creation and initial rearing of fry, the production of feed and necessary medications, the use of techniques and transport – all of these factors come together to form a worldwide chain. Today's modern agriculture is a joint global production.
- Food manufacturers import and process ingredients from all over the world, and they wish to assume responsibility for their quality with respect to consumers.
- Consumers expect food to comply with their concepts of health, social and ecological values.
- A growing world population needs effective agriculture. The aim is to produce healthy and affordable food by means of resource-friendly production.
Against this background, GLOBALG.A.P. organises a global dialogue that takes into consideration the needs of all those involved. The GLOBALG.A.P. standard is subjected to constant ongoing development on the basis of this dialogue. It is a standard that finds wide acceptance as a joint product of all those involved and is seen as a secure evaluative criterion for GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICE.
To find out more about GLOBALG.A.P. please visit www.globalgap.org.