We inform you that the Secretariat of X has published a new edition of the Chain of Custody Standard: CoCv6.1. This CoCv6.1 edition will come into effect on January 1, 2023 and become mandatory on July 1, 2023.
At the moment the normative documents have been published only in English, below you can find the following documents related to general regulations and control points:
221118_GG_CoC_GR_v6_1_Nov22_en: General Chain of Custody Standards
221118_GG_CoC_CPCCs_v6_1_Nov22_en: Control points and compliance criteria
INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEW EDITION CoCv6.1
All chain of custody audits from 1 July 2023 must be performed under CoCv6.1. This includes internal audits.
What has changed?
General Regulations Update: The changes to the General Regulations (RG) are primarily clarifications of existing requirements. Compared to CoC v6.0, these changes are as follows:
Applicable only to block 2 of the checklist “PART II. CHAIN OF CUSTODY STANDARD FOR OPERATORS OF RETAIL STORES AND RESTAURANT CHAINS”, (not included in the scope of ACERTA accreditation). Clarification of the sampling criteria for retail stores and restaurant chains. Need for CoC certification for restaurant chains and retail stores when selling products with the GLOBALG.A.P. claim. to other businesses outside of the retail network.
Update to checkpoints and compliance criteria: Some grammatical changes have been made, but the content and purpose remain the same. Compared to CoC v6.0, these changes are as follows:
Applicable only to block 2 of the checklist “PART II. CHAIN OF CUSTODY STANDARD FOR OPERATORS OF RETAIL STORES AND RESTAURANT CHAINS”, (not included in the scope of ACERTA accreditation). Create control point groups applicable to each area of the retail store or restaurant chain group (for example, head office, retail store distribution center, retail store, and restaurant).
Implementation of the GLOBALG.A.P. standard for the Chain of Custody. With fraud and food integrity issues becoming increasingly challenging for the industry, the GLOBALG.A.P. advisory committee chose to strengthen the GLOBALG.A.P. system and require strict implementation of the GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody standard from 2023.
The deadline is coming. As of January 1, 2023, all parties handling loose and unpackaged products from GLOBALG.A.P.-certified production processes, as well as all parties packaging and labeling products with an GLOBALG.A.P. identification number (GGN / CoC Number) or that state in writing that a product comes from an GLOBALG.A.P.-certified production process, must have valid CoC certification.
To which companies the CoC certification applies: Mainly to companies that market, pack and sell products from GLOBALG.A.P.-certified production processes, but do not have an IFA certification for those same products that they wish to market with their certified status.
The following diagram shows at which point in the supply chain CoC certification is necessary:
Please refer to the following link to learn how to license the use of the GG tag logo https://www.globalgap.org/es/ggn-label/about-the-ggn-label/
We take the opportunity to provide you with the regulatory document
“Use of GLOBALG.A.P. Trademarks: Policy and Guidelines“, published this November in connection with the use of the mark GLOBALG.A.P.
We remind you that you can download the documents published by GLOBALG.A.P. through the document center of its website through the following link https://www.globalgap.org/es/documents/#
If you need to consult any aspect, do not hesitate to contact us.
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.