„The Global Partnership for Safe and Sustainable Agriculture”


• is a global scheme and reference for the application of the Good Agricutural Practices,
• the scheme covers the whole agricultural production process from before the plant (
seed, nursery stock) is in the ground to the non-processed end product.


1. The principles of EUREPGAP
• to support the best available agricultural practices and the food and feed production
based on the requirements of sustainable agriculture principles on the farms.
On the long term those agricultural production can be sustained, the objectives of which are:
• producing high quality products in sufficient quantities,
• supporting viable, economic, and acceptable agricultural production,
• protecting the environment and optimal use of natural energy sources,
• combyning the best available local practices with the profitable practices,
• enhancing the living conditions of the local communities.


2. EUREPGAP systems
EUREPGAP systems were developed for fruit and vegetables, flowers and ornamental crops,
combinable crops and animal husbandry ( integrated farm assurance). In the past the systems
were developed for cofee and and fish production.
The systems were developed by the big European retailers and producers. The system is used
in more than 60 countries in the word.


3. The role of EUREPGAP
• to answer to the consumer demands concerning food safety, animal welfare,
environment protection and to ensure the safe, wealth, health of the workers,
• to support the acceptance of the viable farm assurance schemes, the use of minimum
necessary fertilizers and pesticides,
• by using the Good Agricultural Practices a framework can be given for the benchmark
of the assurance schemes and to provide traceability,
• to give guidance for the use of the best available agricultural practices,
• to open consultation with business partners and consumers, including the producers,
exporters and importers.


4. EUREPGAP objectives
• food safety: application of HACCP principles,
• environment protection: the use of the principles of the Good Agricltural Practices,
• occupational health, safety and welfare: the standard establishes a global level of
• occupational health and safety criteria, as well as awareness and responsability
• regarding social issues,
• animal welfare ( where applicable): the standard establishes a global level of animal
• welfare criteria on the farms.


5. Conditions for the use of the EUREPGAP standards
The farmer has to conform with the use of the:
• EUREPGAP General Regulations,
• EUREPGAP Control Points and Compliance Criteria,
• EUREPGAP Checklist,
The granting, maintaining and removing the EUREPGAP certificate can be made for
individual growers, farmer groups and farmers / farmer groups working under a scheme that
has succesfully benchmarked by EUREPGAP.
The auditing company for the audit uses the EUREPGAP checklist. The different schemes
require different limits for a succesfull audit, like:
• for fruit and vegetables the farmer is checked for 210 control points (47 major musts,
98 minor musts and 65 recommendations). From the total major must the farmer has to
comply of all applicable points. From the minor must has to comply 95% of all
applicable points.
• the integrated farm assurance scheme is a modular system for open field- horticultural
crop and 4 animal species.