From ACERTA we would like to inform you that GLOBALG.A.P. has again changed the mandatory implementation date of the new version 6. Below we present the most significant changes of the new version.
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IFA v6: Mandatory date for IFA v6 postponed
GLOBALG.A.P. has recently announced that the IFA v6 mandatory date is pushed back to January 1, 2024 instead of October 1, 2023.
On September 29, 2022, the final documents of the IFA v6 standard were published. You can access all the GLOBALG.A.P. regulatory documents by clicking here.
The IFA v6 GFS standard is currently not GFSI recognized, this process is expected to be completed within the next year. In the meantime, to ensure that there remains a GFSI recognized GLOBALG.A.P. standard, the v5.4-1-GFS standard will remain valid until the IFA v6 GFS has achieved GFSI recognition.
BRC and IFS certified post-farm handling facilities will accept both IFA v6 editions (Smart and GFS).
The IFA v5.2 standard is no longer recognized by GFSI, but is still available for audit until IFA v6 becomes mandatory. The latest possible date to be audited under IFAv5.2 will be December 31, 2023. This version is suitable for producers who do not need GFSI recognized certification. IFA v5.2 audits performed before January 1, 2024 will remain valid throughout their certification cycle.
THE MOST IMPORTANT CHANGES
TWO EDITIONS OF THE IFA V6 STANDARD
The IFAv6 standard will be available in two editions:
• IFA v6 Smart
• IFA v6 GFS
They are available in parallel and are equally valid.
When referring to the IFAv6 standard: If an edition name (Smart/GFS) is not specified, then both editions of the IFAv6 standard are referenced.
So far, all versions of the IFA standard have been GFSI recognized (FV and AQ).
Producers of fruits and vegetables that do not need a GFSI recognized certification.
Aquaculture producers who do not need GFSI recognized certification (both Smart and GFS will be GSSI recognized)
Producers of fruits and vegetables that need a GFSI recognized certification (mainly US markets).
Aquaculture producers who do not need a GFSI recognized certification
Both have been developed from the IFAv5 standard with the full support of the GLOBALG.A.P. technical committees.
Same six issues, same holistic approach.
Issues of environmental sustainability, animal health and welfare, and worker welfare are covered in the same way in both editions.
The content and the user experience have been aligned as much as possible.
V6 Smart is intended for most growers. V6 GFS is specially adapted for GFSI.
The general regulation of the GFS edition has some additional requirements.
The principles and criteria (P&C) related to regulatory issues, management and traceability, food safety, and production processes are more prescriptive, to obtain GFSI approval.
Less than 15% of the P&C of the GFS and Smart editions are different. There is an additional P&C in the GFS edition for FV (total 190 vs. 191).
Compliance Levels: GFS edition has 15 more P&Cs classified as Mandatory. Older, while in v6 Smart these points are Oblig. Minors.
Recertification Audit: Remote audit (fully remote) is included as an emergency procedure for the Smart version only. It is not possible to obtain an initial certification based on a completely remote audit.
GLOBALG.A.P. GENERAL REGULATIONS
The approach of the IFAv6 standard focuses on the results obtained rather than on specific measures. This offers greater flexibility as it allows producers to demonstrate compliance in the manner most appropriate to their production practices.
RISK-BASED PRINCIPLES AND CRITERIA
A GREATER FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY
The IFAv6 standard focuses more on environmental sustainability.
Some principles and criteria have been developed based on the IFAv5 checkpoints and compliance criteria, while some issues are new or more stringent.
Sustainability issues new to the IFAv6 standard:
Sustainability issues updated in the IFAv6 standard:
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT AT THE FARM LEVEL
The concept of “continuous improvement” refers to the frequent updating of farm insurance standards to improve continuously. In the IFAv6 standard, continuous improvement will first be relevant at the level of the individual producer.