GLOBALG.A.P is a voluntary and private standard began in 1997 as EUREPGAP , which is an initiative by EUREP, a large supermarket chains in Western Europe . The aim of GLOBALG.A.P is to increase consumers’ confidence in food safety, environmental impact and the health, safety and welfare of workers and animals. GLOBALG.A.P standard consists of IFA Standard and General Rules, and CPCC.
The Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS) was fully implemented in 2001 and revised in 2005. All JAS certifiers are required to be accredited by the Ministry of Agriculture. The term "organic" may be used only by certified producers.
The National Organic Program (NOP) was enacted as federal legislation and it restricts the use of the term "organic" to certified organic producers. Certification is handled by state, non-profit and private agencies that have been approved by the USDA.