• JGAP (Agricultural Products)

About JGAP (Agricultural Products)

JGAP (Agricultural Products) is a set of standards for initiatives for sustainable farm management, including food safety, occupational safety, environmental protection, and human rights and welfare. It covers necessary and sufficient content for standard farms in Japan.


Scope of certification and items to be audited

JGAP (Agricultural Products) audit and certification is implemented in each one of three categories: fruits and vegetables, grains, and tea. The relationship between each category and processes is shown in the table below. Certification will not be granted for the process of handling agricultural products alone.
In addition, each category has a list of standard item names, and the certification covers the listed items.

Categories and processes for agricultural products

Production process

Fruits and Vegetables



Cultivation process

From sowing/planting up to harvesting




Harvesting process

Harvesting, trimming/ packing/ temporal storage on a farm, loading/ transportation/ delivery to a produce handling facility




Produce handling process

Trimming/ sorting/ processing at a produce handling facility up to the delivery of products to a buyer

Produce handling

Produce handling

Produce handling

Produce handling process

Final processing at a produce handling facility up to the delivery of products to a buyer





JGAP trainer (Agricultural Products)

A trainer is a person who supports and guides farms to help them acquire or retain certification.
After passing the JGAP trainer basic course and learning the basics of JGAP, people can register with the Japan GAP Foundation as trainers.

Further, a person can apply to become a JGAP senior trainer after they have provided guidance to multiple farms as a trainer and have knowledge of group audits and certification.
To remain qualified, trainers need to continue learning the latest JGAP information.


JGAP auditor (Agricultural Products)

An auditor is a person who conducts audits of farms or groups.
JGAP auditors are divided into the following three levels.

  1. Senior auditor
    Qualified to audit a farm alone
    Qualified to conduct a group administration audit alone

  2. Auditor
    Qualified to audit a farm alone
    Qualified to conduct a group administration audit in the presence of a senior auditor

  3. Auditor candidate
    Qualified to audit a farm in the presence of a senior auditor or auditor

Requirements to be a JGAP auditor, such as educational background, career, and participation in training courses, are set in the General Regulations. For details, see Chapter 11 of the JGAP General Regulations.


How to display JGAP certification

Using a logo is a way of communicating that a farm is a JGAP certified farm or a product is from such a farm.
To use a logo, you need to apply for and receive approval from the Japan GAP Foundation.
The application procedure, conditions for use, fees, and other details are stipulated in the Detailed Rules on the Use of JGAP Official Logos.

JGAP certified farm logo

This logo indicates a farm which has acquired JGAP certification and a certified agricultural product shipped from such a farm.
It can be used by JGAP certified farms and groups.

<Scope of use>
Packaging materials used for certified farm products
Business cards, websites, brochures, signs, exhibition panels used in trade fairs or similar events, and other sales promotional materials

JGAP products used logo

This logo mark indicates a farm product produced by a JGAP certified farm and repackaged into smaller quantities or processed, or a product produced using a JGAP certified farm product as an ingredient.

<Scope of use>
・Packaging materials of the product
・Websites, brochures, and other sales promotional materials for the product

Situations where the  logo is not used

It is possible to express the certification without using a  logo.
In this case, be careful not to mislead purchasers about the scope of the certification and certified items.