GAP CERTIFICATE (GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES)
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) was established in 1990 by the European market chains and suppliers´ association (EUREP). Initially, it was called EUREGAP, but later it was named Global Gap. It has already become one of the most common agricultural Certificate programs in the world. The main subjects of the standard are; Food Safety, Environmental Protection, Occupational Health, Safety and Animal Welfare. The purpose of these practices is defined as the processes that must be applied to make the agricultural production system socially viable, economically profitable and efficient, protecting human health, giving importance to animal health and welfare and the environment.
With this system, agricultural products can be grown in healthier environmental and climatic conditions. There is no harmful microbe, poison, etc. in the products of the farmers who produce within the framework of good agricultural practices. not available. This enables people to consume healthier products and prevents any disease transmission food products.
Since Good Agricultural Practices are based on quality production, occupational safety and hygienic conditions in post-production processes, we can say that they are intertwined with the standards given below.
* ISO 9001 Quality Management System
* ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
* OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System
What are the Benefits of the GAP Certificate?
* Indicates that during the production, the agricultural legislation of the country where the consumer is located and the agricultural legislation of the country where the product is grown.
* Increases the reliability, quality and value of the manufacturer´s product.
* Production quantity and quality losses are prevented.
* With this application, exporters overcome non-tariff barriers.
* With the application, exporters reach wider markets.
* They earn more revenue thanks to increased demands with traceability of the product and reduction of health-related risks.
* Sustainable, environmentally responsible production is made for the protection of natural life and biological diversity.
* It helps to reduce the harmful effects of agriculture on the environment.
* A protective management plan is implemented.
* It reduces the risks related to food safety and human health.
* Provides traceability about the source of the product.
* It provides quality and reliability in the product.
* The demands of consumers regarding food quality and safety are met with success.
Good Agricultural Practices provide many benefits not only for consumers but also for producers. It is possible for farmers who implement these practices to make their production processes more efficient and safe. In addition, with the traceability and recording requirements of good agricultural practices, producers can produce more controlled, faster and easier.
Good Agricultural Practices Certification Process
According to the regulation on Good Agriculture and Practices within the scope of Good Agricultural Practices of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, certification of agricultural products according to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) conditions is carried out by private and independent certification bodies with the authorization given by the Ministry. Some customers who purchase agricultural products may want to see the production facilities and processes of the people or institutions that produce these products in some cases. In this context, when production is made in line with these applications, supermarkets, dealers, etc. We are prepared for the audits of customers or intermediary institutions such as The entity to be audited must have a legal entity defined by the group producer. The Group must have established and implemented a quality management system developed for good agricultural practices.
If we list the process of obtaining GAP Certificate in items;
* If there is no system installed in the enterprise, System Quality Documentation consultancy is taken. (The consultant can carry out these studies through the company or within the company itself.)
* If the organization is ready for the audit, the certification body is applied.
* Offer is accepted.
* After the proposal is signed, the audit contract is made.
* The audit date is planned.
* Documents are checked.
* Field inspection is done.
* If there is no deficiency, the audit report is submitted for certification approval. (If there are deficiencies, time is given to close the deficiencies.)
* Document approval is given.
* Confirmation publication is provided in the Global GAP database.
Documents required for GAP Certificate application;
* Establishment official documents
* Signature circular of the organization
* Tax plate
* Contact information
* Information about the product
* Production site information, location information and harvest periods are the information requested in the application.
As BELCERT Certification Body, we also provide services on GAP (Good Agricultural Practices). The process provided in this service process proceeds as the following items. You can contact us to have detailed information.
* Current situation assessment
* Quality targets and preparation of policies
* Creation of organizational chart
* Providing basic training
* Job descriptions and key personnel responsibilities
* Preparation of procedures
* Occupational safety and security practices
* Environmental management system applications
* Inner control
* Deciding on the certification company