ASEAN Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification and Control Manuals

The ASEAN Good Agricultural Practices (ASEAN GAP) is a voluntary standard for the production, harvesting and post-harvest handling of fruits and vegetables in the region. Its objective is to enhance ASEAN agricultural products quality and competitiveness on the international market as well as on the ASEAN market by promoting ASEAN GAP. In order to implement the ASEAN GAP, there is a need to establish a common certification and accreditation systems, which will provide reference for implementation and application of ASEAN GAP among stakeholders, including regulators, auditors, producers, and consumers in the region. These manuals defines such systems: The Official Control Manual. This “Preambles” document aims at giving the ASEAN Member States (AMS) wishing to implement the ASEAN GAP accreditation and certification systems an overview of the regulatory framework to study before the implementation. It also contains recommendations concerning national regulations contents and stakeholder’s organisation to insure equivalency between the AMS. The Certification Manual. This Manual serves as guidelines and references for the conduct of national GAP certification by Control Authorities or Control Bodies among the AMS with the aim of facilitating intra and extra regional trade of products originated from GAP certified farms. This Manual was developed based on the understanding that national regulatory and food safety requirements in each AMS which should take precedent. The notes and examples in this Manual aim to provide additional information intended to assist in understanding and use of the document. This Manual may also serve as one of the references for the development of Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) for inspection and certification systems on GAP production. Download the manuals here: ASEAN GAP...

Study on Mutual Recognition Models for the ASEAN Agricultural Best Practices

As ASEAN member states (AMS) move toward full realization of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), there is a need to promote intra-regional trade of agri-food products by improving food safety and sector competitiveness. One barrier to achieving this objective is the existence of at least 10 different national standards and conformity assessment systems for agri-food products across the 10 AMS. These quality assurance inconsistencies across borders create a great deal of uncertainty for buyers, effectively limiting their demand for agri-food products from within the region. To address these differences the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) have endorsed the ASEAN Agricultural Best Practices, including good agricultural practices (GAP) for fruits/vegetables, good aquaculture practices (GAqP) for food fish, and good animal husbandry practices (GAHP) for poultry products including broilers and layers. These ASEAN Standards are designed to serve as a basis for determining equivalence of different existing national standards, or as a blueprint to be adopted for those AMS currently without national standards systems in place. While the ASEAN Standards have been written and endorsed, there remains a need to practically implement them at the regional and national levels in a way that will increase confidence and demand from buyers, promote uptake at the farm level, and foster appropriate levels of protection between trade partners. To address this issue, this study recommends the establishment of a Multilateral Arrangement for the Mutual Recognition of Agri-food Standards and Conformity Assessment (MAMRASCA) that covers all three existing ASEAN agri-food standards, with flexibility for adoption of further agri-food standards. Download: Study on Mutual Recognition Models for the ASEAN Agricultural Best Practices...

ASEAN Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP) – Animal Welfare and Environmental Sustainability Module for Layers, Broilers and Ducks

Global trade of chicken and chicken products is increasing as trade becomes freer. Changes in consumer lifestyles in the ASEAN region and throughout the world are driving the demand for assurance that chicken products are safe to eat and are produced and handled in a manner that, does not compromise the and does not cause harm to the environment. The impact of these trends has resulted in retailers wanting industry compliance with Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP) programmes, and governments introducing legal requirements for food safety, worker health and safety, animal welfare and environmental protection. This document covers the animal welfare and environmental protection of the ASEAN GAHP standard for layer, broilers and ducks. ASEAN GAHP Animal Welfare and Environmental Protection Module for Layers, Broilers and Ducks can be downloaded here...

Aligning GAPs in the Philippines and Vietnam

The ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II (AADCP II) is providing on-going support for the development and implementation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in the ASEAN region. This report will capture some of the achievements and lessons learned from the experience of aligning ASEAN Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) with national GAP in the Philippines and Vietnam. Research for this report was undertaken during visits to the Philippines (February 16-17, 2015) and Vietnam (March 5-7, 2015)   Download Report (Full Version) Download Report (Short...

Policy Brief: Establishment of ASEAN Good Aquaculture Practices (GAqP)

As economic integration approached the ASEAN Secretariat is developing a number of ASEAN specific standards to facilitate intra ASEAN and extra ASEAN trade including a Good Aquaculture Practices (GAqP) standard. In order to satisfy export markets some ASEAN Member States have developed country specific GAqP standards, however these differ from each other and focus on different areas of aquaculture. Some AMS have not developed meaningful GAqP standards or have not implemented them successfully. What is needed for a successful ASEAN economic integration is for all AMS to be actively involved in harmonizing standards including GAqP standards. This policy brief recommends action points for AMS to implement ASEAN GAqP as a means to support trade facilitation intra and extra ASEAN. Gaqp Policy...

Guidelines on ASEAN Good Aquaculture Practices (ASEAN GAqP) for Food Fish (2014)

The ASEAN Member States (AMS) share the similar farming system and facilities, climate pattern and common commodities. National Good Aquaculture Practices (GAqP) programme implemented in the AMS varies with some countries having government certified systems and others beginning the journey with awareness programs for farmers. The of ASEAN GAqP (Food fish) is to enhance the harmonisation of GAqP programs within the ASEAN region will fulfil one of the major requirements set down by the AEC blueprint for integration by 2015. The AEC Blueprint will transform ASEAN into a single market and production base, a highly competitive economic region, a region of equitable economic development, and a region fully integrated into the global economy. The scope of the ASEAN GAqP (Food fish) covers practices that are mainly aimed at preventing or minimising the risks in four areas of production. Namely food safety, animal health and welfare, environmental integrity and socio-economic aspects associated with aquaculture of food fish. The coverage of GAqP (Food fish) will include mariculture, coastal aquaculture/ brackish water culture, and freshwater culture excluding shrimp. The agreed GAqP will cover all phases of farm operation, including pre production, production, harvesting and post-harvest handling prior to transportation. Guidelines on ASEAN Good Aquaculture Practices (ASEAN GAqP) for Food...