Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) Certification in NZ Horticulture

05 Jun 2020

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Remote audits for NZGAP during Covid-19 (23 April 2020)

NZGAP, in collaboration with industry stakeholders, have developed rules and processes in response to the need for Food Safety Audits to continue during the Covid-19 pandemic. As essential services on-site NZGAP audits can continue with appropriate safety measures in place, however, the new temporary rules enable the off-site checking of records and documentation, while visual checks and grower interviews are now allowed remotely with the use of modern tools and technology.

 See NZGAP updates for more information


 NZ GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Group meeting (NTWG) (16 April 2020)

The NZ GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Group (NTWG) had its first quarterly meeting for 2020 on 16 April. This was held via video conference call due to the current Covid-19 lockdown. Covid-19, certificate extensions and remote audits were important items of discussion during the meeting along with GLOBALG.A.P. version 6, Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), and the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP).

HortNZ also introduced Jacqueline Neave (also a member of the NZGAP team) to the group, who has been appointed as the new secretariat for the NTWG.

For more information, please contact or 022 626 0610


Remote audits for GLOBLAG.A.P. during Covid-19 (15 April 2020)

The IFA-Remote (Integrated Farm Assurance) rules are currently being drafted by GLOBALG.A.P. to enable audits to continue during the Covid-19 emergency.

Due to Covid-19, remote auditing may be implemented a lot earlier than anticipated. This project is being progressed quickly and outside the normal procedures. The scope is broad and will cover all Standards, scopes and technologies. Audits will still be undertaken using the existing GLOBALG.A.P. checklists.

Draft rules and procedures for remote audits will be out for consultation soon, for a period of two weeks, and is planned for final release in May. These will be circulated for comment from the members once received from GLOBALG.A.P.

See GLOBALG.A.P. updates for more information


Overview of GAP Certification in New Zealand horticulture

Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) schemes provide assurance for the safe and sustainable production, packing and distribution of fruits and vegetables in New Zealand. Horticulture businesses who achieve compliance with GAP assurance standards demonstrate that management systems, procedures and practices are in place to meet relevant regulatory and market requirements – so customers can buy with confidence. The two schemes operating in New Zealand are NZGAP (New Zealand Good Agricultural Practice, owned by HortNZ on behalf of growers) and GLOBALG.A.P.  (Global Good Agricultural Practice, based in Cologne, Germany).



GLOBALG.A.P. was established in 2007 (originally EUREGAP, founded in 1997) as 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. Every generation has a right to safe food, and GLOBALG.A.P. supports farmers to connect them to markets where they can sell their safely and sustainably produced agricultural products by developing and implementing farm assurance systems that are based on facts and recognized across the supply chain.

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NZGAP was established in 1998 to provide assurance for the safe and sustainable production of fruit and vegetables in New Zealand. NZGAP certification provides growers with a credible assurance framework which empowers them to effectively meet multiple supermarket and regulatory obligations. People are increasingly concerned about the origin and safety of their food. They also expect responsible and sustainable farming practices as well as the safety of workers. NZGAP certified producers can demonstrate their commitment and ability to meet these expectations with a focus on Food Safety, Environment and Social Practice.

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NZ GLOBALG.A.P. Working Group


Name Change

We have simplified the name of the New Zealand National Technical Working Group to “New Zealand GLOBALG.A.P. Working Group”.  The new name will make it more understandable and accessible for everybody here in New Zealand.

The formal New Zealand GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Group name will be retained for communications with GLOBAL.G.A.P.


Think Global, Act Local

The New Zealand GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Group (NZ NTWG), officially launched in 2017 and was established to interpret the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) GLOBALG.A.P. Crops standards at a local level, here in New Zealand.

The Working Group works to identify specific local translations with legislation, systems and implementation challenges of the GLOBALG.A.P. standard for developing relevant guidelines in New Zealand. The annual workplan is set to support both the certification bodies and fruit and vegetable producers to implement the GLOBALG.A.P. Control Points and Compliance Criteria at a national level.

GLOBALG.A.P. certification opens up export market opportunities in Europe and across the world for producers in New Zealand.

Click here to access GLOBALG.A.P. website

If you are interested in becoming a member or would like more information, please contact the Secretariat Jacqueline Neave, or call 022 626 0610


Main activities and duties

  • Development of National Interpretation Guidelines,
  • Work closely with regulators to interpret and align New Zealand legislation with the GLOBALG.A.P. audit process and guidelines e.g. Food Act,
  • Collaborative approach in establishing guidelines and sharing of resources across the different sectors for horticulture,
  • Maintain strong ties between New Zealand and GLOBALG.A.P. with updates from in New Zealand and approval for the National Interpretation Guidelines,
  • Represent New Zealand producers and sectors on the GLOBALG.A.P. Technical Committees by providing feedback on the challenges faced with the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard in New Zealand.
  • Work to streamline the GLOBALG.A.P. certification process with numerous compliance requirements in New Zealand, focussing on mitigating audit burden and costs to procedures.



Chair: Glen Bradbury, Zespri

Secretariat: Jacqueline Neave, Horticulture NZ

National Technical Working Groups and GLOBALG.A.P.

The Working Group plays a valuable role in collaborating with GLOBALG.A.P. both via the secretariat and the GLOBALG.A.P. Technical Committees on issues and improvement strategies.

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Horticulture New Zealand (host)

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 Jacqueline Neave (Secretariat)


Phone: 022 626 0610

Zespri International Ltd

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 Glen Bradbury (Chair)

Avocado International Council

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Graeme Munro


 Damien Farrelly 



 Peter Ward

Assure Quality

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 Karen Satherley

Matt Gallagher

Onions NZ

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James Kuperus

NZ Apples & Pears Ltd.

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 Gary Jones

Hans Doevendans

Danielle Adsett


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John Glass



The New Zealand GLOBALG.A.P. Working Group collaborates with government, industry and other relevant research bodies to develop support and guidance for the implementation of the GLOBALG.A.P. standard here in New Zealand.

New Zealand GLOBALG.A.P. Documents

NTWG Workplan

NTWG Terms of Reference


Food Act

GLOBALG.A.P. Approval Report – Template Food Control Plan

Supporting Guidelines

FPSC Food safety guidelines



Chair: Glen Bradbury, Zespri

Secretariat: Jacqueline Neave, Horticulture NZ

National Technical Working Groups and GLOBALG.A.P.

The Working Group plays a valuable role in collaborating with GLOBALG.A.P. both via the secretariat and the GLOBALG.A.P. Technical Committees on issues and improvement strategies.