China Gap is a voluntary certification service, which is implemented on the foundation of Chinese law and regulations. The basic foundation for this certification service is the serial mark GB/T-20014 “good agricultural practise”.
The serial mark GB/T-20014 “good agricultural practice” can be seen as equal to the GLOBALGAP 3.0 mark and fulfils the comparison and the recognition of the GLOBALGAP certificate. The ChinaGAP certificate includes product categories field crops, poultry and aquatic products. Food safety, environmental protection and sustainable development, animal welfare and job security are basic principles of the ChinaGAP certificate.
In January 2006, the ChinaGAP certificate formally came into effect. The China Quality Center (CQC) conducts this certification pilot project, which first had to be approved by the Certification and Accreditation Administration Service of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) and later was recognized by the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS). In January 2006 the CQC enacted the first fruit and vegetables ChinaGAP special certificate. In April 2008 the CQC enacted the first tea leaves and aquatic products China GAP certificate.