Frequently Asked Questions
How much will it cost?
It will cost approximately $2,500 (excl. GST) annually and this fee covers registration, vetting, audit and certification.
Why should I become certified?
The NZGAP Contractor Standard has been developed specifically for contractors providing services to NZGAP, GLOBALG.A.P, GRASP and NZGAP Social Practice certified growers. The NZGAP contractor standard enables contractors to easily demonstrate compliance to both production and social practice standards. NZGAP Contractor certification can be provided to:
- GRASP certified growers enabling them to provide evidence that the contractors they engage have met Social Practice requirements,
- NZGAP Social Practice certified growers enabling them to provide evidence that the contractors they engage have met the NZGAP Social Practice requirements,
- NZGAP and GLOBALG.A.P. certified growers to demonstrate that contractors they engage comply with requirements relevant to services provided e.g. harvesting, agrichemical application etc.
Alternatively, for contractors not certified to the NZGAP Standard, each grower they provide services to will be asking for records, evidence and documentation to demonstrate relevant requirements have been met. This will include both production and employment practices.
Can contractors impact on a customer's GAP or Social Practice certification?
Yes. If your certification is suspended or cancelled, this will impact on your customers' certification and you must notify them in this case.
Do I need to be certified to the core NZGAP Standard?
No. The NZGAP Contractor Standard is standalone therefore independent of the core NZGAP Standard. It contains the relevant food safety, health and safety and social practice criteria for specific contractors
How much time will the audit take?
Audits are expected to take 3-6 hours depending on the scope, scale and complexity of the audit.
Is there a worker voice component?
The audit focuses primarily on the business's practices, policies and procedures, however links with worker voice initiatives including:
- Employment NZ contact centre