On January 31, 2018, GSSI launched a 30-day public consultation on the GSSI Benchmark Report for the GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Certification System.
GLOBALG.A.P. applied for GSSI recognition of its GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Certification System in April, 2017, and has been benchmarked against the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool on:
GSSI invites comments on the recommendation of the Benchmark Committee to recognize the GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Certification System after the Independent Experts and the Benchmark Committee found the scheme to be in alignment with all the GSSI Essential Components.
The recommendation and the Benchmark Report are the intermediary result of the Benchmark Process. It included a Desktop Review and Office Visit by our Independent Experts, and a Benchmark Committee Meeting to review the draft Benchmark Report. A GSSI Steering Board Liaison has overseen the process to ensure its neutrality and objectivity.
Following the public consultation, the Benchmark Committee, Independent Experts and GLOBALG.A.P. will together address all comments received. GSSI's Benchmark Committee will then provide the Steering Board with a final recommendation on recognition. All comments and responses will be made publicly available after the GSSI Steering Board's final decision. For more Information on the Benchmark Process have a look at our factsheet.
GLOBALG.A.P. began in 1997 as EUREPGAP, an initiative by retailers belonging to the Euro-Retailer Produce Working Group. British retailers, working together with supermarkets in continental Europe, become aware of consumers’ growing concerns regarding product safety, environmental impact and the health, safety and welfare of workers and animals. To reflect both its global reach and its goal of becoming the leading international G.A.P. standard, EUREPGAP changed its name to GLOBALG.A.P. in 2007.
GLOBALG.A.P. today is the world's leading farm assurance program, translating consumer requirements into Good Agricultural Practice in a rapidly growing list of countries – currently more than 120.
The GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard was developed based on the FAO Technical Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification. This ensures that the four pillars of this guideline are covered:
For a product to claim GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture certified status at point of sale, the full production chain needs to be certified. Certification of compound feed, hatcheries, grown-on farms, and chain of custody ensure verified traceability from farm to plate.