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The New Zealand GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Group (NZ NTWG), officially launched in 2017 was established to interpret the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) GLOBALG.A.P. Crops standards at a local level, here in New Zealand.
The NZ NTWG works to identify specific local translations with legislation, systems and implementation challenges of the GLOBALG.A.P. standard for developing relevant guidelines in NZ. 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.
If you are interested in becoming a member or would like more information, please contact NZ NTWG Secretariat Katrina O’Connor, or call +64 4 494 9971
- Development of National Interpretation Guidelines,
- Work closely with regulators to interpret and align NZ 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 with between New Zealand and GLOBALG.A.P. with updates from within 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.
NTWG Chair: Catherine Richardson, Zespri
NTWG Secretariat: Katrina O’Connor, Horticulture NZ
NTWG and GLOBALG.A.P.
The NTWG plays a valuable role in collaborating with GLOBALG.A.P. both via the NTWG secretariat and the GLOBALG.A.P. Technical Committees on issues and improvement strategies.
NTWG News Update
Food Act: 2019 Implementation
The cut-off date for horticulture businesses to register for Food Act was 28th February 2019. The NZ NTWG will continue working together with MPI and the certification bodies as the focus of the implementation of the Food Act moves on from registration to the onsite verification process.
For all horticulture businesses that hold GLOBALG.A.P., NZGAP and BRC certification, the next audit will double as a Food Act audit avoiding audit duplication and mitigate costs where possible.
MPI Approval of GLOBALG.A.P., NZGAP and BRC standards for Food Act: 19th September 2018
NZGAP, GLOBALG.A.P. and British Retail Consortium (BRC) standards (GAP checklists) have all been approved by MPI as Section 40 Template Food Control Plans for National Programme 1 under the Food Act 2014. You can download the MPI Food Notice reports for each standard here. This is a significant step forward in the broader acceptance of the existing GAP systems and processes.
To achieve full recognition of existing systems and processes, GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Group is continuing to work with MPI on aligning existing GAP compliance programmes with the Food Act for three key components: Registration, Verification and Reporting.
The NZ National Technical 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.