Requirements for monitoring & the GMP+ Monitoring database?

06 December 2016

In this theme newsletter, we address the monitoring requirements from GMP+ FSA certification and the use of the GMP+ Monitoring database. When is the use of the GMP+ Monitoring data-base required? When is using the GMP+ Monitoring database convenient?

What are the requirements in GMP+ FSA certification for monitoring?

The monitoring requirement is included in various documents of the GMP+ FSA requirements. The basis from GMP+ FSA certification is HACCP-based monitoring. This means that a monitoring plan must be drawn up and implemented that offers sufficient guarantees for monitoring all identified risks.

In addition, the GMP+ FSA requirements include a number of specific monitoring requirements:

  • For a number of type analyses (such as Salmonella in several types of compound feed and Aflatoxin B1 in maize) a minimum analysis frequency is required for instance via a protocol in GMP+ BA4.
  • In addition, the gatekeeper requirements in GMP+ BA10 defines additional requirements for monitoring in many cases, in the purchase from uncertified suppliers.
  • In addition, specific monitoring requirements are defined in a number of Country Notes

Depending on the activities of the GMP+ participant, one or more of these specific monitoring requirements apply. In almost all cases of the specific monitoring requirements it is obligated to include the monitoring results in the GMP+ Monitoring database. In addition, these must be anonymously shared with the GMP+ Community (all GMP+ participants and GMP+ International). That way, the anonymous results can be used to evaluate the monitoring requirements and adjust them where necessary. An example of this is the Aflatoxin B1 protocol to periodically assess the various risk countries.

Overview of specific monitoring requirements in GMP+ FSA requirements

The table below contains an overview of the protocols for minimum monitoring and in which the use of the GMP+ Monitoring database (and anonymous sharing with the GMP+ Community) is required:

GMP+ BA4 Minimum requirements inspection and analysis

Paragraph 2.2: Specific requirement for monitoring of fats and oils as regards dioxin and dioxin like PCB’s

Paragraph 2.3: Protocol Monitoring Aflatoxin B1

Paragraph 3.2: Protocol P1: Sampling and analysis of salmonella and Enterobacteriaceae in feed for poultry

Paragraph 3.3: Protocol P2: Sampling and analysis of salmonella and Enterobacteriaceae in compound feed, intended for pigs, cattle and other animals species (with the exception of poultry)

Paragraph 3.4: Protocol P4: Sampling and analysis of Salmonella-critical feed materials (raw materials)

Paragraph 4.1: Protocol P7: Sampling and analysis Animal Protein

GMP+ BA10 Minimum Requirements for Purchasing

ANNEX 5: Gatekeeper protocol for purchase of grains, seeds and legumes

ANNEX 7: Gatekeeper protocol for purchase of GMQ Palm oil

ANNEX 8: Gatekeeper protocol for purchase of straw

Country Notes
GMP+ BCN-NL1 Antibiotics-free feed

GMP+ BCN-NL2 Dioxin monitoring in laying hen (rearing) feed


Please note: the table above is up to date at the time of publication of this newsletter. Please follow our newsletter to stay informed about changes.

Advantages of use GMP+ Monitoring database 

For all other monitoring carried out by the GMP+ participant as part of its own HACCP plan, the use of the GMP+ Monitoring database is not required. Still, it may be interesting to use the GMP+ Monitoring database. The benefit for you is that you will have more analysis data for drawing up and evaluating your own HACCP management system. The more results GMP+ participants share anonymously with the GMP+ Community, the more information is available for all GMP+ participants. That way, we make a joint effort for high quality and safe feed production.   

How does the GMP+ Monitoring database work?

You can find the GMP+ Monitoring database by clicking ‘My monitoring’ in the purple Section ‘My GMP+’ on the homepage of the GMP+ portal. You must be logged in to be able to do this. For explanation about the GMP+ Monitoring database, you can consult the manual which provides you with a step by step explanation about how the GMP+ Monitoring database works. In addition, a FAQ list is available with answers to frequently asked questions. In addition, we invite you to share your questions and experiences using the contact form (choose: GMP+ Monitoring database as your topic). Would you rather contact us by phone? If so, please call +31 (0)70 307 4144.

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