What is Global GAP?

The set of GFSI-recognized traceability standards for food production that would become known as GLOBALG.A.P. were devised in 1997 by several European supermarket chains and their major suppliers. These retailers and suppliers had noticed consumers' growing concerns for product safety, environmental impact, and animal and worker safety. They decided to harmonize their individual standards and procedures and develop an independent certification system for Good Agricultural Practice (G.A.P.).

Then known as EUREPGAP, the set of standards helped growers comply with Europe-wide accepted criteria for food safety, sustainable production methods, worker and animal welfare, and responsible use of water, compound feed and plant propagation materials. The harmonized standards also saved growers money - no longer did they need to conduct multiple different audits for different parties every year.

Over the next decade, a growing number of growers and retailers around the world expressed interest in adopting EUREPGAP. To reflect its now global impact and its goal of becoming the leading international G.A.P. standard, EUREPGAP changed its name to GLOBALG.A.P. in 2007. Today, GLOBALG.A.P. is translated for use in more than 135 countries and is considered one of the world's leading farm assurance program.

Global GAP's Fruit & Vegetables Standard

GLOBALG.A.P. Fruit & Vegetables Standard covers all stages of production of fresh produce, from pre-harvest activities such as soil management and plant protection product application to post-harvest produce handling, packing and storing. The GLOBALG.A.P. Fruit & Vegetables Standard has been successfully assessed against the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements.

GLOBALG.A.P.'s Harmonized Produce Safety Standard

GLOBALG.A.P.'s Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS) is designed to serve the unique needs of American fruit and vegetable producers, and those selling into the United States market. The HPSS was drafted by a diverse technical team consisting of leaders in the produce industry. GLOBALG.A.P. led the benchmarking of the core Harmonized Standard, and is proud to announce that our HPSS is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and accepted by many of the largest retailers in North America.


The GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP) is a voluntary assessment that can be conducted at the same time as a GLOBALG.A.P. audit. Its main objective is to raise awareness on social practice in primary production. The outcome of the assessment doesn’t affect the GLOBALG.A.P. certification, but serves as additional information to supply chain partners.

Global GAP Grasp certification was designed to demonstrate a grower's commitment to social responsibility. And it helps protect one of the farm’s most important resources: its people.