GMP+ Country Notes Update

Friday, July 16, 2021

The GMP+ Country Notes are there to set out specific feed safety assurance requirements and conditions for a feed company in specific countries. These requirements provide a wider range of options for establishing a GMP+ feed safety management system (GMP+ FSMS). Because the validity period of these Country Notes is limited and will not be extended, companies in about 10 countries must, using these Country Notes, prepare to be certified under the GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance (GMP+ FSA) standard.

We have it covered

Since we introduced these Country Notes, we have improved the GMP+ standard in several areas:

  • the introduction of the GMP+ FC scheme 2020 with more goal requirements/fewer details,
  • the 'purchase requirements' with more gatekeeping options,
  • and allowing part of production to be excluded from GMP+ certification.

These improvements have eliminated the necessity for feed companies to apply the Country Note to obtain GMP+ certification.

GMP+ Country Notes in the future

Because of these substantial improvements, these Country Notes are no longer needed. Therefore:

  • These country notes will be removed from the GMP+ FC scheme 2020.
  • Issuance of a certificate for a GMP+ Country Note, which is part of the current GMP+ FC scheme 2010, will no longer be possible after expiry of the validity date stated in the Country Note document. See below:
CN Countries Valid until end of
CEE Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Slovenia 2021
IT Italy 2021
IP Spain, Portugal, Andorra 2022
VN Vietnam 2022
CN China 2023

Country Note Certified Companies

Existing GMP+ Country Note certificates will still be accepted until the expiration of the certificate or the switch to the GMP+ FC scheme 2020, whichever comes first.

We will support you

Certification Bodies will help you obtain the necessities to fulfill the requirement. Companies that still face problems complying with the GMP+ standard because of their specific situation or national legislation should know that our Helpdesk is open to support all your queries. Likewise, any guidelines will be posted on our website.

Note: A few GMP+ Country Notes, covering specific market wishes, will still be valid in the GMP+ FC scheme 2020. An example is the QM-Milch Country Note.