GTP CODE

For the collection, storage, trading and transport of cereals, oilseeds, protein crops and other plant products and their by-products.

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EFISC and GTP join forces

Following several years of fruitful cooperation, the European Feed Ingredient Safety Certification Scheme (EFISC) and the COCERAL Good Trading Practice (GTP) certification scheme have decided to make a stronger use of synergies for their respective activities. COCERAL GTP and EFISC certification schemes will operate jointly, under the new name “European Feed & Food Ingredients Safety Certification” Aisbl (EFISC-GTP) as of 1st July 2017. All rights and obligations of COCERAL GTP will join the European Feed & Food Ingredient Safety Certification Aisbl of which COCERAL will become a full member, next to FEDIOL and Starch Europe.

From a technical point of view, experts of EFISC and GTP have over the last year worked intensively to approximate the GTP and EFISC schemes, building on the EFISC version 3.1, while respecting ISO 17021-1:2015, ISO/TS 22003:2013 (feed/food safety management system) and GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) requirements, resulting in the EFISC-GTP scheme Version 4.0. Furthermore they have also developed the GTP modules into a new sector document, including flow diagrams, generic risk assessments by product group and control measures.

This new version of the EFISC-GTP Code and the EFISC-GTP Rules of Certification in combination with the relevant sector documents cover a large portion of the supply chain, including collection, trade, transport, storage and manufacturing. It is now up for stakeholder consultation.

The version 4.0 of the EFISC-GTP certification scheme will be published in January 2018, while auditing along the new rules should start as of March 2018. 

COCERAL endorsed the idea of one single Code for operators in the European Union: traders are particularly aware of the importance of common rules in an enlarging Single Market. brochure
Codes of good practices are currently proliferating endangering the free movement of goods by creating potential non-tariff barriers to trade and confusion amongst operators and consumers. By disclosing their activities in the food and feed chain operators in agricultural trade demonstrate awareness of their responsibilities with regard to food and feed safety as well as consumer health and the readiness to assume them. The European GTP Code is conceived as a modular part of a quality management system covering the whole food and feed chain which should enhance and maintain consumer confidence.

The main principles of the European GTP Code are its voluntary nature, verification and certification by independent third parties and a quality management in accordance with the HACCP principles:

  • The European GTP Code proposes good hygiene practices for operators whose activity consists of collecting, storing, trading and transporting cereals, oilseeds, protein crops and other plant products as well as by-products resulting from them intended to be used as food and/or feed by professional users (farmers or stock breeders), manufacturers of primary processing (maltsters, millers, feed compounders etc.) or other traders.
  • The CODE is applicable to all operations from receipt through to dispatch of the above mentioned goods and it covers all food and feed operators in Europe carrying out the mentioned activities included within its scope, namely any first-stage trading operator on the domestic or intra-Community market as well as trading with third countries.
  • The CODE is not applicable to farmers with own storage facilities as their activities are subject to the primary production guide and related activities. Nevertheless, farmers with storage facilities are welcome to voluntarily apply the good hygiene practices described in the GTP CODE.
  • Road Transport Activities alone cannot be certified under the GTP Code.

The GTP Code does not cover the commercial characteristics of the products as they are an integral part of the contractual provisions.

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