Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) schemes provide assurance for the safe and sustainable production, packing and distribution of fruit and vegetables in New Zealand.
Horticultural businesses that achieve compliance with GAP assurance standards demonstrate that management systems, procedures and practices are in place to meet relevant regulatory and market requirements. Compliance enables customers to buy with confidence.
The two GAP 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).
About GAP groups
NZGAP was established in 1998 to provide assurance for the safe and sustainable production of fruit and vegetables in New Zealand.
At the same time, consumers are concerned about the origin and safety of their food. They also expect responsible and sustainable growing practices, as well as worker safety and welfare.
NZGAP certification provides growers with a credible assurance framework, which enables them to meet multiple supermarket and regulatory obligations.
NZGAP operates independently of HortNZ.
GLOBALG.A.P. was established in 2007 (originally called EUREGAP, founded in 1997) following consumers’ growing concerns regarding product safety, environmental impact and the health, safety and welfare of workers and animals.
GLOBALG.A.P. helps growers and farmers to market their produce and products by developing and implementing assurance systems that are based on facts and recognised across the supply chain.
The New Zealand GLOBALG.A.P. Working Group (formerly known as the New Zealand GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Group (NZ NTWG)) was launched in 2017.
It was established to interpret the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) GLOBALG.A.P. fruit and vegetable standards 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. standards in New Zealand.
GLOBALG.A.P. certification opens up export market opportunities in Europe and across the world for producers in New Zealand.