GTAS - GAFTA TRADE ASSURANCE SCHEME
What is GTAS?
The Gafta Trade Assurance Scheme (GTAS) is a HACCP based scheme available to all companies operating in the international grain and feed trades. It covers each stage in the trading and logistics supply chain from farm in the country of origin to delivery to the final end-user in the country of destination. The Assurance Scheme operates to the requirements of ISO/IEC Guide 65:1996, BS EN 45011 for the provision of certification against the scope of the scheme relating to bulk storage and transport by road.
GTAS provides in one complete trading and logistics scheme the best professional practices designed to maintain consumer confidence concerning the handling and delivery of safe food and feed. Any company - whether operating within their own country or in the wider international arena - may apply to become certified under the Scheme.
The first version of the scheme (v 1.0) was introduced in April 2006. Version 5.0 is scheme year 2012 and applies to any audits undertaken from 1st September 2012 onwards or until further notice.
Notes about version 5.0
For ease of identification, where changes have been made to existing clauses or new clauses have been added from the previous version 4.0 these are identified with a colour highlighted background. Version 5.0 has a new layout with boxed clauses and a left hand column. In this column any revised clauses are additionally identified by stating “REV” and any new clauses state “NEW”.
This is the first version of GTAS that identifies KEY standards. The definition of KEY standards is explained in the Scheme manual under Scheme Operating Protocols (4.6).
GTAS is structured in three parts:
Part 1: Scheme Overview
This contains the Gafta International Standard of Best Practice for the Trading and Supply of Combinable Crops and Animal Feed Materials and the Scheme Operating Protocols.
Part 2: Scheme Manuals
Comprises separate manuals which cover the trading and logistical stages and which are subject to the audit and certification process. Companies may seek certification for compliance to any or all of the manuals in this part of the scheme that are relevant to their business activities.
Part 3: Supporting information
A range of guide notes, rules and annexes as additional supporting information.
1. UK Companies
UK companies wishing to apply for certification under the Gafta Trade Assurance Scheme are required to complete an application form which should be forwarded with payment directly to the scheme auditors and certification body (CB), NSF Certification. After receipt of payment and the completed application form applicants are contacted to arrange an audit.
2. Non-UK companies
Companies wishing to apply for certification under the Gafta Trade Assurance Scheme are required in the first instance to complete an enquiry/quotation form to enable a quotation to be given for the cost of audit and certification which is dependent on individual circumstances. After a quote is given and accepted a date will be arranged for audit by the CB.