Changes GMP+ FC scheme documents 2016

24 March 2016

At the end of last year, the International Expert Committee issued the definitive advice to adjust a number of GMP+ scheme documents. It concerns a general round of adjust-ments, one that GMP+ International carries out every 1 to 1.5 years. The previous major changes were made to the documents that were published as from January 1st 2015.


The advice to make changes had a number of reasons:

  • Change of definitions in EU legislation: The GMP+ standards aim to be in line with legislation in this regard.
  • In some places in the standards, there were editorial errors, such as incorrect references, words or sometimes parts of sentences had been omitted, words were incorrectly translated etc. This has been fixed where possible.
  • Certain requirements were unclear. In consultation with the experts from the Subcommittees and the International Export Committee an attempt was made to better formulate these requirements, or some guidance has been added.

Below you’ll find a number of clarifications of the main changes:

  • All changes are not substantive. As previously mentioned, it concerns clarifications and additions at a detailed level.
  • In the EU legislation, new definitions for various animal species were added years ago. Currently there are ‘food producing animals’ and ‘non-food-producing animals’. These terms have now been included in a renewed definition for ‘pets’ and ‘pet feed’ used in the GMP+ FC scheme.
    It may be good to clarify once more that the definition used for pets in the GMP+ FC scheme covers more animal species than just non-food-producing animals. Food producing animals that are not kept professionally (e.g. as a hobby) also fall under this definition. This definition is in line with the vision that has been used in the GMP+ FC scheme in this regard for years.
    For the production of pet food (in short: feed for non-food-producing animals and food producing animals that are kept as a hobby), there are certain special provisions and exceptions in the GMP+ FC Scheme.
  • If a company wants to purchase a GMP+ assured product, he must make this demonstrably clear to its supplier. The strict provision that an official contract must always be in place is generalized. This allows for more possibilities to work with common trade practices, while preserving the essence of the provision.
  • The GMP+ B4 ‘Transport’ contained conflicting provisions about an affreightment company carrying out an LCI. This has now been adjusted. What remains is that an affreightment company can still not carry out an LCI itself.
  • Several clarifications have been added to the standard for inland waterway transport.

As usual, the changed texts are clearly marked. In addition, the History table (page 2 of the standard documents) briefly describes the nature of the change. The changes must have been implemented on the date indicated in the History table.

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