Is (additional) GMP+ International certification applicable for my organisation?

Friday, January 31, 2020

Although GMP+ certification is mandatory, due to the lack of GMP+ accepted auditors outside Europe it is not always possible to certify companies

GMP+ certification is mandatory if your company is performing GMP+ activities related to the scopes:

  • Transport of feed, Road transport,
  • Transport of feed, Inland waterway transport,
  • Affreightment of Inland waterway transport,
  • Affreightment of Sea transport,
  • Affreightment of Short sea shipping,
  • Affreightment of Rail transport.

Examples for mandatory GMP+ certification are:

  1. A company that is transporting (via road transport / inland waterway vessel) feed as a service to third parties.
  2. A producer / trader who is transporting (via road- / inland waterway transport) own products to third parties (packed and unpacked products).
  3. A producer / trader who gives the order for transport by train (rail) or (short) sea / inland waterway going vessel.

Your company does not need to be certified in case of (so called internal transport, see definition GMP+ A2):

  1. Transport within company’s premises
  2. Transport between different locations of the same company.


  • Exemptions to deviate from the GMP+ requirements can only be requested until September 30th, 2020.
  • Issued exemptions for the certification of Transport & Affreightment outside Europe are valid until January 1st, 2021, however, until that moment, these GMP+ activities must be assured by the GMP+ certified company in accordance with relevant GMP+ requirements.
  • As of January 1st, 2021, additional GMP+ certification is mandatory for the applicable scope(s).