New Zealand GAP bench­mark­ing con­firmed

New Zealand GAP has suc­cess­fully bench­marked its GLOBALG.A.P. Equiv­a­lent scheme to the new ver­sion of GLOBALG.A.P. (ver­sion 5)

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Bench­mark­ing means that grow­ers can use the ex­port ver­sion of the NZGAP pro­gramme to ob­tain a GLOBALG.A.P. cer­tifi­cate to meet their cus­tomer re­quire­ment in ex­port mar­kets.

GLOBALG.A.P. of­fer the bench­mark­ing pro­gramme to en­able lo­cal GAP schemes to use the GLOBALG.A.P. frame­work in their lo­cal coun­tries. Other GAP schemes that use this process in­clude Red

Trac­tor in the UK, Fresh­care in Aus­tralia.

The bench­mark­ing process hap­pens ev­ery four years and in­volves a side by side com­par­i­son of the NZGAP and GLOBALG.A.P. stan­dards.

Equiv­a­lence means that the stan­dards have the same out­comes, en­abling NZGAP to be used to gain GLOBALG.A.P. cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

This ap­proach has a num­ber of ad­van­tages for grow­ers.

Be­cause GLOBALG.A.P. is used in around 100 dif­fer­ent coun­tries, it is writ­ten in a generic way and in­cludes a lot of de­tail about how the stan­dard is met.

NZGAP sets the same stan­dard (there are no short­cuts) but does it in the context of New Zealand hor­ti­cul­ture by us­ing lan­guage that re­lates to our in­dus­try. For ex­am­ple, re­fer­ring to pro­grammes like Agre­cov­ery, GROWSAFE, so that grow­ers know ex­actly what we are talk­ing about

The NZGAP check­list is also more ef­fi­cient and asks far fewer ques­tions to get to the same point. Work is in progress to launch new guid­ance doc­u­ments to go with the stan­dards to en­sure the guid­ance cor­re­lates with the check­list and is eas­ier to use. A new and im­proved sys­tem will be launched later this year.

Grow­ers that are cer­ti­fied to the NZGAP GLOBALG.A.P. pro­gramme gain a GLOBALG.A.P. cer­tifi­cate and a GLOBALG.A.P. num­ber (GGN). This in­for­ma­tion ap­pears in the GLOBALG.A.P data­base along­side all of the other GLOBALG.A.P. cer­tifi­cates for over­seas cus­tomers to view.

In GLOBALG.A.P.’s eyes, all GLOBALG.A.P. cer­tifi­cates are the same. There is no dif­fer­ence in the sta­tus of one type of cer­tifi­cate vs an­other.

The NZGAP bench­marked pro­gramme is a fan­tas­tic scheme and offers grow­ers a rel­e­vant and ef­fi­cient way to gain GLOBALG.A.P. cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. We strongly en­cour­age ex­port grow­ers to look at the NZGAP pro­gramme for their cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Mar­ket cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is com­plex and our ad­vice is al­ways to ask your ex­porter and mar­keter about the cer­tifi­cates that you need for the mar­kets you sup­ply.

NZGAP will be dis­tribut­ing the up­dated doc­u­men­ta­tion to grow­ers over the com­ing weeks.

Grow­ers want­ing to ex­plore this op­tion can find out more by vis­it­ing the NZGAP web­site www.nzgap.org or con­tact­ing the NZGAP of­fice on 0508 467869.

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