Quality Management System: Good Agricultural Practice (Gap) for on-Farm Production in Thailand

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Thailand has been gradually developing its quality management system by modifying concepts of international standards. Quality policy, quality objectives, quality plan, operation procedures, work instructions, forms and checklists are documented in the system. The concept of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) method was modified to develop the quality plan. The critical control point (CCP) and the control point (CP), which are indicated in the quality plan, will be used as guideline practices to get quality produce to meet customer requirements throughout the whole production cycle process. The certification was divided into three levels: Level 1 on food safety; Level 2 on food safety and free of pests; and Level 3 on food safety, free of pests, and quality. Growers in over 300,000 farms growing 28 crops have been educated on Quality Management System (QMS) since 2004.

Surmsuk Salakpetch
Food & Fertilizer Technology Center