Important points of attention: correct implementation and notification duty

Friday, December 21, 2018

Due to low water levels in rivers, lakes and canals in Northwest Europe, a temporary shortage of GMP+ FSA certified storage and transport capacity may arise. Mid-November, GMP+ International implemented temporary measures in consultation with its partners.

In summary, these measures were that, only under strict conditions it is possible to use non-GMP+ certified transport via road, water and of non-GMP+ FSA certified storage. To this end, see the newsletters of November 19th and November 30th.

Yesterday, GMP+ International consulted about these measures with partners involved. Important items that were discussed are:

  • Are these measures being applied?
  • Are the water levels meanwhile as such that the measures can be revoked?

Based on the information available, it was decided that the measures will remain in effect for now.

Important points of attention: correct implementation and notification duty

The partners have requested GMP+ International to, once again, reaffirm a number of important conditions of the temporary measures, being:

  • These measures may only be used in case of an acute problem as a result of low water levels.
  • These measures may only be used in case of an actual shortage of GMP+ certified transport and / or storage capacity.
  • Every company must be able to demonstrate this to the auditor (also in hindsight) during the next audit.
  • Every company that uses or has used these temporary measures, must notify the relevant Certification Body and GMP+ International. This means that companies that are currently applying this protocol and that have not reported this, must do so immediately. You can notify GMP+ International via or via the contact form on the website. This information will also be shared with the relevant Certification Body.
  • Failure to report or incorrectly implementing the temporary measures, will be sanctioned in accordance with the stipulations of the GMP+ FC scheme.

The next evaluation of the temporary measures

Together with the partners involved, we will continuously monitor the situation. As soon as all problems, caused by the low water level, are resolved these temporary measures will immediately be limited or terminated. Mid-January, the next evaluation will take place. We will keep you informed.