ALBERT HEIJN PROTOCOL (AH) is an independent scheme run by the Dutch retail chain ALBERT HEIJN. The main aim of this scheme is to assure the consumer that the fruits and vegetables of the suppliers ALBERT HEIJN fully comply with European and Dutch legislation on residue limits for crop protection products.
In order to achieve this aim, the ALBERT HEIJN PROTOCOL programme was included as an additional assessment module in the certification process GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5. The scheme recognises certification of GLOBALG.A.P. IFA V5 and incorporates an assessment of specific AH requirements. This formula makes it possible to carry out combined audits and therefore to obtain the certificates of both scopes in a single process (GLOBALG.A.P. IFAV5 + ALBERT HEIJN PROTOCOL).
Only certification entities currently approved by the ALBERT HEIJN PROTOCOL programme, such as AENOR, can perform combined audits under both programmes.
Makes consumers feel confident about food safety and environmental and employment standards through the requirements established in the GLOBALG.A.P protocol. Safety is assured by means of a protocol that analyses producers and centres where products supplied to ALBERT HEIJN are manufactured in order to monitor crop protection residues.
Currently, the majority of European distributors require compliance with the GLOBALG.A.P. protocol from suppliers of primary products as a guarantee that they have applied good agricultural practices . ALBERT HEIJN PROTOCOL certification is a mandatory requirement to become an approved ALBERT HEIJN distribution chain supplier.
Once the audit has been performed, if the company at issue meets the requirements set forth in the protocol:
- AENOR GLOBALG.A.P. certificate FRUITS And VEGETABLES.
- Online certificate in the GLOBALG.A.P. database for the ALBERT HEIJN PROTOCOL.
AENOR is authorized to carry out evaluations of the Albert Heijn Protocol in combination with GlobalGAP IFA v.5.