The new standard has achieved equivalent status to the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Standard Edition 4.0 which its developers say means it meets internationally accepted safe and sustainable agricultural practices.
BOPP scheme manager Anna Cook said: "We are pleased to release the new version of the BOPP Grower Standard following eighteen months of intensely reviewing the requirements.
"The achievement of GLOBALG.A.P. equivalency is very significant for the BOPP Scheme as it demonstrates we set internationally accepted good agricultural practices, which are a minimum standard for many multiple retailers.
"The new standard introduces criteria for senior management commitment, managing suppliers, labelling procedures, crisis planning, sustainability and ethical trading standards.
The level of compliance have also been reviewed, moving a number of criteria from minor to major, which will make the inspection more challenging to pass, said Cook.
The order of the standard has been re-worked to follow a more logical flow and wording has been harmonised with the packhouse standard to assist members who are certificated to both standards.
Technical guidance notes have also been added to the standard and the organisation will be providing a number of templates on the BOPP website."
BOPP is an international standard evaluated by an United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited Certification Body where applicable to ensure that standards are maintained.
The BOPP standards are reviewed every three to four years and the release of the new Grower Standard is the result of eighteen months work by the BOPP Management Committee to update the standard and benchmark to the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Standard.