Although affreightment and transport certification scopes are mandatory within GMP+ FC scheme, companies cannot always be certified for the scope(s) due to lack of GMP+ accepted auditors outside Europe.
Due to Covid-19 situation it is still difficult for some companies outside Europe to become certified for the mandatory GMP+ scope for transport and affreightment.
Therefore several requirements mentioned in the newsletter (dated 27 July 2020 & 23 June 2021) are changed as follow.
Changes for GMP+ certified companies located outside Europe
The deadlines laid down in the newsletter are postponed for the last time for 6 months, which means:
- Exemptions to deviate from the GMP+ requirements can be requested until 30 September 2022
- Issued exemptions for the certification of Transport & Affreightment outside Europe are valid until 1 January 2023; however, until that moment, these GMP+ activities must be assured by the GMP+ certified company in accordance with relevant GMP+ requirements.
- As of 1 January 2023, additional GMP+ certification is mandatory for the applicable scope(s).
In which situation the activities of transport and affreightment must be certified?
- If your company is certified for production or trade and it carries out road transport, inland waterway and short sea transport of GMP+ assured feed, packaged or in bulk, by its own transport means (see definition in chapter 1.3 of GMP+ B4/B4.3 and F0.3). This concerns the transport of feed to third parties (e.g. to your customer); and/or,
- If your company carries out affreightment of rail/sea/inland waterway transport/short sea shipping (see definitions in chapter 1.3 of GMP+ B4 and F0.3) for GMP+ assured feed.
The corresponding transport and/or affreightment scope(s) as mentioned below is mandatory for your company’s GMP+ certification.
- Road transport of feed
- Inland waterway transport and short sea shipping of feed
- Affreightment of rail transport
- Affreightment of sea transport
- Affreightment of inland waterway transport
- Affreightment of short sea shipping
In which situation the activities of transport and affreightment do not have to be certified?
- If the transport by own transport means concerns internal transport (see definition in GMP+ A2/F0.2).
- If the transport, whether by own transport means or by external transport company, concerns transport of raw material for food production (e.g. transport of soy beans to a crusher for production of soy oil for food).
- If your company is certified for production or trade and it outsources transport of GMP+ assured feed to an external transport company. Please note: if your company applies the gatekeeper protocol as laid down in GMP+ BA10/TS1.2, the external transport company does not have to be certified either.
- If your company only carries out transport of GMP+ assured feed (without any production or trade activities). The GMP+ certified producer or trader can assure your transport activities according to the requirements laid down in GMP+ BA10/TS1.2.
- If your company is certified for production or trade and it carries out affreightment of road transport.
- If your company is certified for production or trade and outsources affreightment to an external certified affreightment company.