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)
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.